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How Liquid Water Forms on Mars

Posted: October 5, 2011

With a $1.3-million grant from NASA, University of Michigan Professor Nilton Renno is researching how water and salts might combine on Mars to form pockets of brine. In mini Mars chambers, he is recreating the Red Planet's conditions and examining how and when the brines form. Liquid water is an essential ingredient for life and on Mars, there is evidence that salts in the soil could make liquid water present at the planet's frigid temperatures. Renno's colleagues at the Center for Astrobiology in Spain are seeding Mars chambers with salt-loving Earthly microbes to see if they could survive under Martian conditions.

How Liquid Water Forms on Mars

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