Martian Orbiters May Provide Inaccurate Water Assessment
Our closest planetary neighbor, Mars, is often associated with microorganisms, breathable air and the presence of water.
New findings suggest that sensitive instruments equipped on Martian orbiters may be responsible for inaccurate data that may have been providing false scientific evidence, especially regarding salt water streaks.
The hydrated salts found on the planet, known as perchlorates, may portend water but scientists believe that they may not be as widespread as studies show.
Orbits may operate with dubious detection tools, but the recent landing rovers may pick up genuine traces of water that will advance research efforts upon the red planet.