NASA Finds Traces of Dried Lake on Mars

The spacecraft named “Curiosity” of the US Aerospace Agency (NASA) found traces that can be shown as evidence of the existence of an ancient lake in the region of Mars, which is estimated to be quite dry.

NASA announced that the spacecraft Curiosity has sent images reminiscent of the traces left by the waves on the rock surfaces, formed by the lake that existed millions of years ago on Mars, where it has been on an expedition since 2012.

“This is the strongest evidence we’ve had for the existence of water and waves during our entire mission,” said Ashwin Vasavada, project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. used the phrase.

Vasavada noted that they explored many lake beds during the mission, but they never encountered wave traces with such clarity.

Pointing out that the area where Curiosity is located was formed when Mars became drier, Vasavada said that this situation is quite remarkable.


It was claimed that the spacecraft had found evidence of the existence of lakes on Mars before, but with this new development, such strong evidence of the presence of water in Gale Crater surprised NASA scientists.

In addition, it was reported that the spacecraft, which was recorded as continuing its expedition at the foot of the mountain called “Mount Sharp (Sharp Mountain),” at a height of 5 thousand meters, determined that the landslides that occurred had dragged car-sized pieces of rock and stone down a valley.

The resulting pile is thought to be “the youngest structure detected at Mount Sharp.”

Stating that the discovery is the latest evidence of the existence of water to date, Vasavada said, “This discovery will allow us to examine the high points of Mount Sharp that we cannot reach.” used the phrase.

In the statement made by NASA regarding the discovery, it was stated that Mount Sharp, with the oldest layers at the bottom and the newest layers at the top, serves as a kind of “Mars timeline” for scientists.

In the statement, it was noted that this feature of Mount Sharp allows scientists to study how Mars evolved from a planet with a warmer climate and abundant water similar to Earth in the past to a freezing desert.

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