Wednesday, October 12, 2011

'Mars was earthlike for a few hours a day': Martian landscape was warmer than thought... could it have supported life? - 13th Oct 2011

Mars once had earthlike conditions for at least a few hours a day, according to new research.

The findings make it more plausible that the planet could have supported life, though if the warm temperatures were only temporary that still remains unlikely.

Nonetheless, the pioneering findings were described as 'remarkable' and 'really cool' by one of the study's authors.

The research, which analysed the minerals in a four billion-year-old Martian meteorite, provides the first strong evidence that Mars used to be warmer and wetter than it is now.

The minerals seem to have formed at around 18c (64f). Read More