Spurring viral headlines about the possibility of alien life on Mars, scientists recently claim to have discovered a liquid, 12 mile lake beneath the ice of the red planet. It’s funny, this is also happening at the exact same time the longest eclipse of the century is going to align with Mars in Aquarius.
This constitutes the first real evidence of a liquid water lake on Mars. According to radar probes, the subsurface lake is buried about a mile or 1.5 kilometers beneath the surface, spanning about 12 miles or 20 kilometers in length.
The location of this lake on Mars is o its south pole, and scientists are claiming that this location makes it an ideal candidate for alien life. Despite being an estimated temperature of about -90°F (-68°C), it is believed that this water is maintained in a “sludge-like,” salty brine liquid form.
The lake is reportedly shaped like a triangle, and it’s already being said by experts that this could constitute the first evidence of life existing outside the planet Earth, possibly even providing an essential resource for human settlements on the red planet in the future.
Who made the discovery? Some scientists from Rome, strangely enough. Scientists from the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Rome are responsible.
According to the Daily Mail:
“Following the discovery, Warwick Holmes, an aerospace engineer at the University of Sydney, said future spacecraft missions to Mars will be working ‘very hard’ to design methods to sample liquid from the newly discovered lake.
As it stands, current generation technologies do not allow for drills to penetrate deep enough to reach the liquid water in the lake.
Despite this, Mr Holmes remained cautiously optimistic.”
“This is currently our best, albeit slim chance of discovering life elsewhere in our solar system.”
The way this sort of thing typically works is, scientists from other places use a central catalogue of data obtained by a certain tool or project, often NASA data. This time, the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe took the data, and the study was performed using that. It has been orbiting Mars since 2003, the first planetary mission to be launched by that Paris-based, NASA-like space agency.
The probe’s instrument was utilized by researchers for the study, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (Marsis). The polar ice caps in particular were observed by the instrument.
What the device does, is it beams back radar signals that actually penetrate the ice on Mars’ surface, taking a measurement of how those radio waves reflect and spread after hitting the planet. The results look something like this.
The study lasted about three and a half years. In it, Dr. Roberto Orosei, an INAF astronomers and his peers made use of that Marsis tool to take a survey of a region known as Planum Australe, situated on the southern ice cap of Mars.
29 sets of radar samplings were gathered in the study, managing to map out a quite broad area which demonstrated a sharp change in radar signals as opposed to the surrounding area.
“This is the place on Mars where you have something that most resembles a habitat, a place where life could subsist,” Dr. Orosei noted.
“This kind of environment is not exactly your ideal vacation, or a place where fish would swim. But there are terrestrial organisms that can survive and thrive, in fact, in similar environments.”
Hopefully this is genuine, and no complicated agenda is at play. It’s very possible that one day the powers that be might fake the discovery of alien life for some purpose we can hardly comprehend until it happens. Ever heard of Project Bluebeam?
(Image credit: Daily Mail)