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Mars Has Water: Why NASA Discovery Matters


abcnews articleThe following is an excerpt from Alyssa Newcomb | September 28, 2015 | abcnews.go.com |

Traces of liquid water have been found on Mars, NASA said today, raising questions about the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Dark, 100-meter-long streaks flowing downhill on Mars are believed to have been formed by contemporary flowing water, according to NASA. The findings come from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and raise the possibility there could be life -- or even microbes -- living inside the Red Planet.

The discovery is also a boon to a future human manned mission to Mars since it would lighten astronauts’ load if they could instead rely on water found on the Red Planet.

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