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October 3 2012

Mars Water Mystery: NASA Rover's Ancient Streambed Discovery Is the Latest Clue


A NASA rover's discovery of an ancient streambed on Mars is exciting, but itís far from the first solid evidence that the Red Planet was once a warmer and wetter place.

On Thursday (Sept. 27), scientists announced that the Curiosity rover had found rocky outcrops containing large and rounded stones cemented in a conglomerate matrix. The discovery suggests that water had flowed fast and relatively deep ó perhaps hip-deep, in fact ó through the area billions of years ago.

"This is the first time we're actually seeing water-transported gravel on Mars," Curiosity co-investigator William Dietrich, of the University of California, Berkeley, said in a statement.

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