A new National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study published in the scientific journal “Nature” concludes that the longest-lasting habitats on Mars were underground. In the study, led by Dr. Bethany Ehlmann of the California Institute of Technology in the US, scientists re-examined mineral-mapping data that European and NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars collected from more than 350 sites over the past five years.
Although clay minerals had been previously discovered across the surface of Mars, indicating warm, wet conditions with the potential to harbor life, the scientists noted that a much thicker atmosphere would have been necessary for the water to persist there for more than short periods of time.
Saying that these findings give a different perspective to where life may have survived on the planet, Dr. Ehlmann stated, “If surface habitats were short-term... it says something about what type of environment we might want to look in. The most stable Mars habitats over long durations appear to have been in the subsurface.”
Our appreciation, Dr. Ehlmann, fellow researchers and National Aeronautics and Space Administration colleagues, for sharing these intriguing findings. May such understanding of our planetary neighbor help us better appreciate the wonders of the cosmos, including our magnificent and life-supporting Earth.
During a January 2009 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff in California, USA, Supreme Master Ching Hai revealed insights about life on planets such as Mars and how their existence might relate to ours.