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Mars may have had liquid water more recently than thought

Mars may have had liquid water more recently than thought

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China’s Zhurong Mars rover has found evidence that the Red Planet may have had liquid water hundreds of millions of years more recently than previously thought.

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While previous research has suggested Mars was wet about 3 billion years ago and then lost its water

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the new study, published in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday, suggests the Red Planet may have had water activity just 700 million years ago.

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Although studies have suggested ancient Mars was a wet and habitable planet, the most recent epoch of Mars’s geologic history, Amazonian, is often thought to be cold and dry.

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In the latest study, scientists, including those from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, assessed data from the rover that landed in the southern Utopia Planitia region on Mars.

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They assessed the data from three different chemical analysis instruments aboard the rover

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