Dark narrow streaks called recurring slope lineae emanate out of the walls of Garni crater on Mars. AFP PHOTO
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Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of salty water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that could have major implications for the possibility of life on the red planet.Scientists in 2008 confirmed the existence of frozen water on Mars. But instruments aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have yielded the strongest evidence yet that salt water in liquid form flows down certain Martian slopes each summer, according to the researchers. Because liquid water is essential to life, the findings could boost the odds of life on Mars.The presence of liquid water could also make life easier for astronauts visiting or living on Mars.Present-day Mars is nothing like ancient Mars.
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