Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Of perchlorates and Martians

More Researchers Say Liquid Water Present on Mars Now





Some salts, like perchlorates, lower the freezing point substantially. It turns out that the temperature for the liquid phase of magnesium perchlorate -- 206 degrees Kelvin -- is a temperature found on Mars at the Phoenix landing site. Based on temperature findings from the Phoenix lander, conditions would allow this perchlorate solution to be present in liquid form for a few hours each day during the summer.

"The window for liquid is very small," Hanley said. Nevertheless, this finding further supports the possibility of finding life on Mars.


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4 comments:

Victor78 said...

doesn't really surprise me. water is every where.

Anonymous said...

Painful...absolutely painful.

-Denny

Mac said...

@Denny

Yep. This is getting pretty tedious, huh?

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