Scientists discover liquid water “lake” on Mars

Jul 26, 2018, 8:06 AM EDT
(Source: European Southern Observatory/flickr)
(Source: European Southern Observatory/flickr)

The Red Planet’s south polar ice cap may hide beneath its layers a massive body of liquid water, as revealed by the researchers at the Italian Space Agency.  The observational data gathered by Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument over three years hints at a potential lake, which could be a steady subsurface feature, not limited to a single location.

Scientists are elated with the results, which for the first time, signal the presence of liquid water on a frozen Mars and may add more fuel to the pursuits of finding life beyond Earth, notes the BBC.

The discovery opens the possibilities for the existence of microbial life on Mars, a planet that shared its past morphology with Earth but somehow transitioned into a “desiccated orb of dried-up ocean-, river- and lakebeds” billions of years ago, writes Scientific American.