Tuesday, February 7, 2023

NASA scientists find more clues about water on Mars

There are more and more water tests in marte and a new rover discovery Curiosity from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Who has found Opal gemstone in Gale Crater on the surface of Mars, Extends record for vital fluid on the Red Planet,

According to a report published on the website of spaceMartian water ice is abundant at the poles, but less so at the equator, where Gale Crater is located.

stroller Curiositywhich is currently exploring the crater, previously sent back data from its Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN), which was then analyzed by a team of researchers.

In the images, both older and more recent, he noted fracture halos, rings of light-colored sediment that stood out because of their color, evidence that the light rock was indeed opal.

Significance of the opal find

because opalA mineral substance having a composition similar to that of quartz, is mainly composed of water and silicaThe presence of this mineral may mean that there once was enough water to make the depth of these cracks possibly habitable.

Furthermore, it is possible that one day the opal currently present on Mars may be cut to obtain the water stored within it. which provides a source of water for any manned mission on the planet,

Mars is a barren and desolate planet, so the amount of radiation on the planet’s surface makes it inhospitable to life as we know it. Even then, Within subsurface fractures, there is a deeper atmosphere that is better protected from intense radiation.,

The research physicists point out that the water-rich opals within these fractures make their discovery all the more exciting. travis gabrielFormer member of the University of Arizona: “Given that these fracture networks were so extensive and chock full of opal was probably amazing.,

,Given the extensive fracture network discovered in Gale Crater, it is reasonable to expect that these potentially habitable subsurface conditions will extend to many other areas of Gale Crater and perhaps to other regions of Mars as well. These environments may have formed long after the ancient Gale crater lakes had dried up.“, she added.

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