It has long been known that there is water in the form of ice on Mars. The water is frozen because it is very cold on the planet, with temperatures down to minus 60-80 degrees at the coldest.
But now data from NASA's Mars Curiosity vehicle, suggests that there is also liquid water on the planet.
Researchers at the University of Granada, NASA and the Niels Bohr Institute at the Copenhagen University is behind the fresh study, and the results was published in the journal Nature on Monday.
Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012, after having traveled a half billion kilometers from Earth to our neighboring planet.
An international team of Mars scientists have now analyzed data from Curiosity and found a combination of salts and temperature and humidity conditions on the planet that suggests that salt solutions exist in liquid form.
- The surface is porous, so what we see is that the water flows down into it, says Morten Bo Madsen, who heads the Mars group at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, in a statement.
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