China’s Mars rover finds water evidence on the Red Planet: study

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Chinese scientists have found new evidence that there was water on Mars in the past and that there are hydrated minerals on the Red Planet, which can potentially be mined in future crewed missions to Mars.

The study published Thursday in the journal Scientists progress revealed that a large impact basin on Mars contained liquid water during the Amazonian era, the planet’s most recent geological epoch.

The findings contribute to a growing number of tell-tale signs that suggest liquid water may have persisted on Mars much longer than previously thought.

The study also indicated that there are currently considerable reserves of water in the form of hydrous minerals and possibly ground ice at this site.

Researchers led by those at the National Center for Space Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences used data collected by China’s Zhurong rover on sedimentary and mineral features of southern Utopia Planitia, a vast plain in the northern hemisphere of March.

They interpreted the light-toned rocks captured by Zhurong’s camera as a layer of “duricrust” that had been carved by a substantial amount of liquid water, possibly rising groundwater or melting ice. underground.

This solid sulfate mineral crust contrasts with the thinner, weaker duricrusts observed by other Mars rovers, which may have formed under the action of water vapor, according to the study.

Another Chinese study published in March in the journal nature geoscience also revealed that the site where Zhurong landed may have suffered wind and possibly water erosion.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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