Scientists are one step closer to providing David Bowie an answer to his decades-old question, “Is there life on Mars?”
Just this morning, NASA scientists announced that they have found evidence of flowing water on the red planet.
“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” said Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on NASA’s Mars exploration program to The Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”
The revelation comes from data collected by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, which indicates that the dark patches that appear on the craters and canyons of Mars—known as the Recurring Slope Lineae—are caused by liquid water streaming down them during the summer months.
In order to come to this conclusion, the Mars scientists devised a new method that allowed chemical signatures to be extracted from individual image pixels, which provided a much high level of resolution that had been achieved before, wrote The Independent.