Presence of Zinc and Gypsum are Showing the Habitable Environment on Mars
Researchers have found the evidences of water flows at ancient impact crater, i.e. Endeavour Crater that is about 14 miles in diameter, with the help of a robotic explorer on Mars.
This discovery has been done by Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and has been published online in the journal Science.
“The rover discovered evidence for low temperature liquid water and environments that would be conducive for life,” said Scott M. McLennan, Professor of Geochemistry at Stony Brook University and one of the members of the team of the research. He noted that this is the third ancient geological environment found to be “habitable” on Mars.
Opportunity was one of the two rovers that landed on Mars about eight years ago in 2004. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has reported that Opportunity has reached the Endeavour Crater in the last August after about three years of driving from another crater, Victoria, on Mars.
Researchers have reported that the rover has found the high levels of zinc in some of the rocks suggesting the running of warm water through the rocks. Moreover, veins of gypsum have been found at the crater strongly pointing out the presence of low temperature waters in the crater at some time in history.
“If we found this on Earth there would be no question that you could find evidence of life,” said Dr. McLennan, pointing to the Rover that sent back some “spectacular” images of the gypsum veins.