Discovery of water on Mars excites Columbus scientists

Discovery of water on Mars excites Columbus scientists

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - This week's announcement of the discovery of flowing water on Mars has excited science enthusiasts across the country, including those in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Experts have known for years that there is frozen water on Mars but scientists announced this week that the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted signs of liquid water on the planet's surface.

Shawn Cruzen with the Coca-Cola Space Science Center in Columbus says this is a major discovery because everywhere liquid water is found, we also find life.

"Our own galaxy is filled with other planets. If we could have life on a planet within our own solar system that means life could be on planets outside of our solar system. Which means life might be abundant everywhere," said Cruzen.

According to Cruzen, this discovery could move up the time line for a human mission to Mars which NASA is developing for the 2030's.

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