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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Mars Salt Deposits Clue to Future Hunt

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University/University of Hawaii

Over 200 salt deposits have been discovered in numerous places on the Mars southern hemisphere. Using the Themis thermal camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter, the spacecraft imaged areas where water was once in abundance and which could point to the past existence of life on the planet, according to Mikki Osterloo at the University of Hawaii and reported upon by the BBC News.

Mounting scientfic observational research [video] by Mars planetary scientists points to water being largely available on the surface 3.5 to 3.9 billion years ago.

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