BREAKING NEWS: Liquid water is flowing on Mars right now: NASA
Updated Wed. Dec. 6 2006 1:22 PM ET
Peter McMahon , DiscoveryChannel.ca
NASA scientists announced Wednesday afternoon stunning revelations from Mars Global Surveyor: Cumulative evidence of liquid water flowing on Mars - not millions of years ago but right now.
MGS mission scientists showed changes in a gully in a crater that all but proves liquid flowed through the gully between 1999 and 2004.
"You've all heard of a smoking gun...This a squirting gun," said Mars Exploration Program scientist Michael Meyer.
The scientists say the water seen in the MGS images is the equivalent of 5-10 swimming pools.
The scientists also claim to have found evidence of crater formation from a recent meteor impact.
NASA recently lost contact with Mars Global Surveyor, but not before it was able to relay images of the water and crater formation over a short number of years.
Scientists say there are possibly so many meteors hitting Mars that if you lived there during a multi-year mission, you would likely be close enough to one of the impacts to hear it.
NASA says it will use this information for long-term plans for a manned mission to Mars later this century.
More details to come...