New signs of water on Mars

According to observations of the lunar soil sample collected by the Chinese probe, water was probably a widespread substance on the planet until recently.

According to the Associated Press, new findings indicate new and possibly fertile areas in parts of Mars that are likely to be favorable for life.

This news comes while the leaders of this operation announced a few days ago that the Jurong probe has not woken up after hibernating for about a year. Its solar panels are probably covered by dust, and as a result the probe cannot be reactivated.

Before Jurong went out, he had observed salt-rich sand dunes with fissures and crusts. According to researchers, these sands are probably mixed with ice or snow that has melted in the last few hundred years.

The estimated date when the cracks and other features of the sand masses in the Utopia Planitia region of Mars were created is probably about 1.4 million to 400 thousand years ago.

The climatic conditions during that period are similar to the current situation on Mars, where the rivers and lakes have dried up and do not flow like they did billions of years ago.

Studying the structure and chemical composition of sand masses provides a perspective of the possibility of water in this period.

Xiaoguang Qin, one of the researchers of the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, wrote in an email statement: We think that the water is probably a small amount, at the level of a layer of surface water.

Of course, the probe has not directly observed any water in the form of ice. Rather, Kane claims that computer simulations and observations of other spacecraft on Mars show that even today, at certain times of the year, conditions are favorable for the appearance of water.


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