Scientists discover evidence of ‘modern’ glaciers on Mars

Remains of a modern glacier have been found near the Martian equator, suggesting that ice may still exist at shallow depths in the area. If confirmed, such a discovery could have significant implications for future human exploration on the Red Planet.

Using data from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers from the SETI Institute and the Mars Institute discovered light-toned deposits (LTDs) on the surface of Mars. These features consist of bright sulphate salts, fissure fields and moraine bands, which are indicative of a “relict glacier”.

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