Scientists discover signs of a ‘modern’ glacier on Mars

Remains of a modern glacier have been found near Mars’ equator, suggesting that ice may still exist in the area at shallow depths. If confirmed, such a discovery could have significant implications for future human exploration of the Red Planet.

Using data from NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers from the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute discovered light-tinted deposits (LTDs) on the surface of Mars. These features consist of bright sulphate salts, fissure fields and moraine bands that are signs of a “relic glacier”.

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