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Water on Mars

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Thursday 24 January 2013

Strong geological evidence that Mars once had liquid water on its surface has been revealed this week. Scientists analysing data sent back from NASA and ESA Mars orbiters say that the McLoughlin Crater, caused by a meteor impact millions of years ago, was probably once filled with water. It is likely that the water originated deep under the surface of the Red planet, where microbial life could have lurked.

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(Photo credit: NASA/Getty Images)


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