Soil samples analyzed from the area where the Mars rover Spirit came to a halt in April 2009 has identified a range of minerals that include hematite, silica, gypsum, and ferric sulfates. US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists believe that these substances appeared when liquid from melting snow seeped through the surface and carried the minerals down several layers below Mars’ crust. This soil could provide clues to other areas of Mars that may also contain water.
Moreover, scientists had once thought that water formed billions of years ago on the red planet. This discovery, however, is a sign that the liquid may have formed in the past several hundred thousand years.
What exciting findings, National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists! We can’t wait to hear more about the origins and evolution of life on our planetary neighbors.
During an April 2009 videoconference in South Korea, Supreme Master Ching Hai reminded that a growing understanding of Mars’ evolution may serve as tools to further humanity’s caring stewardship of our own endangered Earth and the life she sustains.