Data from the Zhurong rover changed scientists' opinion about when the Red Planet dried up

A group of researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with a colleague from the University of Copenhagen, found

evidence that water appeared on Marslater than previously thought. In an article published in the journal Science Advances, scientists describe an analysis of data from the Chinese Zhurong rover on the state of ice in hydrated minerals.

Previous studies have shown that partsThe Martian surface was covered with water about 3 billion years ago. The time when the water on the Red Planet dried up is known as the Amazonian period. It began 3.46–2.0 billion years ago and continues to this day. In the new work, these scientists used data from the Chinese Zhurong rover and proved that water on Mars could persist much longer than previously thought.

They came to this conclusion by discovering and studyinghydrated minerals on the surface of the Red Planet. Also, the presence of such stones hints at the possibility of the presence of underground ice, scientists are sure. If so, future astronauts could use it for a wide variety of purposes.

The data obtained confirm the data of other studies, which suggest that in more recent times it was the flow of water on the surface that led to the creation of relief rock formations.

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