It is only a matter of time before scientists find a super race of lizard people camping out in Mars. Or…maybe it’s only a matter of time before science can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Mars once had water on it. If so, that begs the next question, did Mars ever have life on it?
|Does Mars have water: Discovery of Meridianiite sheds light on Red Planet’s ancient oceans|
A team of researchers at the Diamond Light Source (DLS) synchrotron facility in the UK, a giant microscope harnessing the power of electrons to produce a blinding beam of light, have recreated the particular conditions of Mars right here on Earth.
In what is being touted as a ‘world first’, the DLS researchers have successfully produced Meridianiite – a mineral created when Mars’ seas and oceans froze over.
Following a year long study, the scientists behind the experiment have now revealed their startling findings to Express.co.uk in a world exclusive interview.
These ancient minerals which formed millennia ago on the surface of the planet could be the culprit behind the periodic liquid flows witnessed recently on Mars.
Meridianiite is a form of hydrated magnesium sulphate which consist of eleven water molecules for every magnesium sulphate molecule in its structure.