Scientists already know that Mars is not a global desert today. Now, new data collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals that the Red Planet had a surface in the distant past more than actually thought. A Research Published in the journal Science Nature Earlier this month, he pointed to evidence of “raging megafluids” that washed up the surface of Mars four billion years ago.
The researchers found wavelength structures or antidunes left by these megafluids in the debris layers of Mars. It bears a striking resemblance to the geological features formed by the melting of ice on Earth about two million years ago.
The discovery is shattering. “We first identified megafluids using detailed debris data observed by Rover Curiosity,” said Alberto G., one of the study’s co-authors. Pharaoh said. “Deposits abandoned by megafloods have not previously been identified using orbiter data.”
The study is being conducted by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in collaboration with researchers at Jackson State University, Cornell University and the University of Hawaii.
The Curiosity rover has reported debris from a gale crater on Mars, where scientists believe it was a lake. An earlier study of Curiosity data showed that ancient storms – more than four billion years old – once formed rivers and lakes in the region.
In the case of the newly discovered megafluids, the researchers believe that the antidunes, which extend from a height of 30 feet to a distance of 450 feet, could form in water at a depth of 78 feet. The second.
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least two places on the Red Planet.
Most importantly, it is further evidence that Mars was used Support a lot of life. Decades of observations of orbits and surface rovers have confirmed that Mars was a habitable planet in the distant past. As Curiosity nears the end of its life, it will be a question for the next Mars rover whether this is actually the life it has hosted.
Curiosity has been orbiting the Red Planet for more than eight years (2950 sol or 3031 Earth days). Its successor, NASA’s Perseverance Rover, Launched on July 30th. It will land on Tuesday, February 18, 2021 at the Jessero Crater.