An image released by the European Space Agency shows radar data collected by the Mars Express orbiter pointing to a pond of liquid water.
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A massive underground lake has been detected for the first time on Mars, raising the possibility that more water – and maybe even life – exists there, international astronomers said Wednesday.To find the water, Italian researchers analyzed radar signals collected over three years by the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, which launched in 2003 . Their results suggest that a 20-kilometer reservoir lies below ice about 1.5-kilometers thick in an area close to the planet's south pole.Mars is very cold, but the water might have been kept from freezing by dissolved salts.Orosei said, "It's tempting to think that this is the first candidate place where life could persist" on Mars. He suspects Mars may contain other hidden bodies of water, waiting to be discovered.
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