Stop me if you've heard this one before: astronomers announced in July that they'd found water on Mars.
No, seriously. I know they've said something that sounds like that before, but this is different — this is *liquid* water. Probably.
See, previously they'd found solid ice, and then found evidence for liquid water billions of years in the past, and then signs that sometimes a little bit of water runs across the surface in the Martian summer before evaporating away. But *this* time, astronomers reckon they've spotted a lake of briny water down under the surface. Which is exciting — so, could it mean life?! Hmmmm.
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Some of the things we talk about in this episode:
Mars is *still* having a bit of a dust storm: https://mars.nasa.gov/weather/storm-watch-2018/
Name the ExoMars rover! (Please, no Marsy McMarsfaces, OK?) https://events.airbus.com/exomarsnamecomp
The Lunar Eclipse, 27 July 2018, livestream replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqBStEIVF8o
So, water on Mars, eh? https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mars-may-have-lake-liquid-water-search-life
The scientific paper: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/07/24/science.aar7268
The Mars Express mission: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express
Lake Vostok: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Vostok
All the times we’ve found water on Mars: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_on_Mars