The results showed that the planet had been barren for hundreds of millions of years.
You lovers of science fiction films or life in outer space? Get ready for disappointment. From the latter study, the surface of Mars is certainly a place that is not possible to accommodate life. Especially after a severe drought for 600 million years.
According to researchers from Imperial College London, England, the red planet has been completely dry during this period and it is very difficult for life to survive on its surface.
In the study, researchers looked at data collected by the Phoenix, NASA’s space satellite in 2008 which then went to Mars. As is known, the main task is to land in Phoenix alone there and look for signs of whether the planet could be habitable. Phoenix is also used to analyze ice and soil that he had collected.
Unfortunately, the results of a study of land taken show that the planet had been barren for hundreds of millions of years. This occurs despite the presence of fragments found in the planet’s ice.
In previous studies, it is estimated that Mars likely warmer and wetter in the past. But if so, these conditions are in the range of 3 billion years ago.
According to investigators, the Phoenix is just a chance to explore a small fraction of the planet. However, from satellite imagery, as well as from previous studies, indications are similar to soil samples taken by the Phoenix, scattered across Mars. That is, these latest findings could be applicable across the surface of Mars.
“We found that although many found ice on Mars, the planet has experienced exceptional drought that may have lasted for hundreds of millions of years,” said Tom Pike, head of the research team, quoted from Mad Shrimps, February 8, 2012.
However Pike said, he and his team estimate that Mars we know today is very different from Mars in the past.
However, Pike said, he and his team estimate that Mars we know today is very different from Mars in the past. “The mission of NASA and ESA in the future will be digging deeper to find out more about the opportunities of life in the underground,” he said.