Recently discovered 'salty lakes' on Mars could be teeming with alien life

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The team of researchers who discovered a single lake beneath the surface of Mars back in 2018 just published a new paper admitting they were wrong. There isn't one lake on Mars: there ...
The team of researchers who discovered a single lake beneath the surface of Mars back in 2018 just published a new paper admitting they were wrong. Instead of one lake on Mars, the team thinks there are several.

This makes for what could be the most compelling evidence for extraterrestrial life we've seen yet.

According to a paper published in Nature Astronomy today, the massive 20-kilometer subsurface lake on Mars the group discovered is part of a cluster of lakes beneath the surface of the red planet:

Our results strengthen the claim of the detection of a liquid water body at Ultimi Scopuli and indicate the presence of other wet areas nearby. We suggest that the waters are hypersaline perchlorate brines, known to form at Martian polar regions and thought to survive for an extended period of time on a geological scale at below-eutectic temperatures.

Using data generated from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, the team initially discovered the first body of water by examining 'bright spots' that showed up on special RADAR images.

The big idea here is that, much like Earth's…
Tristan Greene
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