A new study has revealed that the water on Mars may not have been native and could have been brought to the planet through a series of asteroid strikes.
As scientists are exploring Mars through amazing technology aboard NASA’s Curiosity Rover, the belief that asteroids and meteorites play a big role in the planet’s evolution grows stronger and stronger. . Although compelling evidence for these suggestions has yet to be found, numerous studies have come forward highlighting how existing evidence points towards extraterrestrial evolution. A study published earlier this year suggested that life on Mars may have begun because asteroids brought primitive single-celled organisms to the red planet. And now, a new study has shockingly claimed that even the planet’s water was supplied through a series of asteroid strikes.
The study was published in the journal Science Advances and focused on the crust of Mars to determine whether the existence of water is native or of extraterrestrial origin. The basis of this hypothesis is the analysis of 31 space rocks from Mars that have been discovered on Earth. These are water-rich carbon asteroids that could be large enough to fill a large lake.
Asteroid strikes may have brought water to Mars
Research shows that water was present on small planet like solid ice. But once it hits the red planet, enough heat is released to instantly melt the ice and create water. If many such asteroids impact Mars, it could be the main source of country by creating a global ocean about 300 meters deep. But the theory doesn’t stop there. It also suggests that the water on The earth could have been brought here in a similar way.
But sadly this postulate cannot be studied further. “The observation that water-rich asteroids have bombarded Mars means that there could also be a contribution to Earth, but this is difficult to quantify. Unlike Mars, Earth has plate tectonics and the early record of our planet’s history has been erased,” said Martin Bizzarro, a cosmologist at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and a co-author. author of the new study, told Space.com.
But Mars is different because it retains its historical crust to this day. And that’s why scientists were able to conduct tests to verify their claims. Surprisingly, they found a lot of chromium-54 and chromium-53 in the crust of Mars, compositions that closely resemble a meteorite called Renazzo. This meteorite contains about 10 percent of its body weight in water. While it’s still not conclusive enough, it opens up new possibilities for Mars and possibly even Earth.