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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 - 20:20
Huge liquid water lake found beneath South pole of Mars
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We now know that there is permanent liquid water on Mars, according to a paper published today in the journal Science.

This new finding comes from research using the Mars Express spacecraft that has been orbiting the red planet since December 25, 2003.

One of the suites of instruments carried by Mars Express is MARSIS (the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding), which allows researchers to use radar to study features beneath the planet’s surface.

Using observations spanning a period of four years, a team of researchers from Italy found evidence of a large lake of salty water, buried 1.5 kilometers beneath Mars’ southern polar cap.

That lake is at least 20 kilometers across and seems to be a permanent feature.
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