The big Mars Mystery NASA will solve today has leaked in a paper ahead of the NASA media event.
The answer to the Mars mystery NASA will unveil today has leaked ahead in a paper abstract. Attending scientists will present their Mars findings at the European Planetary Science Congress 2015 taking place this week in Nante, France.
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The paper is titled "Spectral Evidence for Hydrated Salts in Seasonal Brine Flows on Mars." When NASA announced the Mars Mystery event, it became quickly clear that it is about flowing water on Mars. The biggest tell is the list of the participants of the conference call. Lujendra Ojha of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta discovered as undergraduate the recurring slope lineae (RSL).
Update: It is official. The announcement of the paper: "Spectral Evidence for Hydrated Salts in Seasonal Brine Flows on Mars" to be published in the journal Nature Geoscience confirms this report. NASA will announce that there is flowing brine water on Mars, but has no clue where it is.
In warm Mars months, dark lines have been spotted to flow down steep slopes. These lines are thought to be caused by flowing water. In the paper Lujendra Ojha et al. confirm that RSL are due to present-day activity of briny water.
The scientists confirmed the evidence of hydrated salts at four RSL sites on the Mars surface. Now that the assumption that flowing salt water exists on Mars, the big question of where the water is coming from remains.
The authors of the paper guesses include that the water could form by the melting of ice on and under the surface of Mars. They caution thought that the presence of near-surface equatorial ice is highly unlikely.
Another theory is that the water could form by hygroscopic salts. It is though not known how the Martian atmosphere would be able to supply enough water vapor to create the recurring slope lineae.
As a third option the team suggests that a ocal aquifer, which concentrates salt deposits as the brine evaporate, but then lineae emulating from the tops of local peaks are difficult to explain.
What this all means is that NASA will not announce the discovery of alien life on Mars. They even will not be announcing where water is on Mars. They only will be able to announce that RSL are caused by flowing briny water.
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The NASA is doing a great job recently to drum up world-wide attention for their media events. Maybe they have a one more thing to reveal that has not leaked yet. NASA will broadcast the Mars Mystery Event at 11:30am on NASA TV.