Example of features identified in a deep basin on Mars that show it was influenced by groundwater billions of years ago. © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

For a long time, scientists have suspected an existence of water and perhaps even life on ancient Mars; especially, since ESA‘s Mars Express discovered a lake below the planet’s South Pole last year. It is still unclear whether there really was any kind of life, but Mars Express has now revealed the first geological evidence that there were indeed large water reservoirs on the Red Planet. Launched on June 2, 2003, the Mars probe reached the planet on December 25, 2003, and has now found a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath the surface. Five of which may contain minerals crucial to life. Five of these lakes may contain minerals that are crucial to life.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.