- Researchers say they have discovered a group of lakes hidden under Mars’ icy surface
- This follows the detection of another subsurface lake in the same region in 2018
- The findings revived the debate on whether the Red Planet has alien life or can house microorganisms
A team of Italian scientists discovered a group of three salty ponds beneath Mars’ south pole. The findings revived the debate on whether the Red Planet has alien life or at least can house microorganisms.
The discovery of these ponds raised the possibility that microbial organisms could survive on Mars but the only hindrance was the high amount of salt concentration, which could be keeping the waters frozen, scientists said in a report published on Sept. 28 in Nature Astronomy.
The discovery of the salty ponds was significant because their locations were close to another lake discovered in 2018. The largest of them