Mars’ salty lakes may have enough oxygen to host life

Oct 23, 2018, 8:15 AM EDT
(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr)

If humans are to ever colonize Mars, the bare minimum requirements would be water and oxygen, and it seems the Red Planet has no dearth of these two essential ingredients of life, although beneath its surface.

A new study, led by Vlada Stamenković from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), draws on the findings of two recent research to suggest that Mars may have enough oxygen, dissolved in its subsurface salty waters, to host simple kinds of microbial life, notes National Geographic.

The study doesn’t prove the existence of life on Mars but makes a strong case for the possibility of life throughout oxygen-rich underground pockets on the planet, where conditions are ripe for aerobic breathing for microbes and even sponges, reports Popular Mechanics.