"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse
NASA has announced that the Meridiani Planum landing site of the Opportunity rover was once covered in a large volume of tidal saltwater.
The rover found evidence for the shores of a large body of surface water that contained currents, which left their marks in rocks that developed at the bottom of the sea. Opportunity found a distinct chemical makeup in the rocks and unique layering patterns that must have been generated by slow-moving water in an evaporating sea, researchers said.The finding suggests that the planet may have been much warmer in the past and, possibly, capable of sustaining life. Future Mars missions will likely return to this site and probe the rocks for fossilized cyanobacteria.
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