China’s Zhurong Mars rover is detecting signs of recent water activity on the red planet

Scientists studying data from China’s Zhurong rover first discovered cracked layers on the young dunes of Mars, indicating that the Red Planet was a watery, salt-rich world 400,000 years ago.

since drop In the northern hemisphere of Mars in May 2021, the rover rolled close to four crescent-shaped orbiters Sand dunes in Utopia Planitia to investigate the composition of its surface. All four of the wind-formed miniature geological features are covered with scales, thin, cracked edges all around formed by the melting of small pockets of “new water” sometime between 1.4 million years ago to 400,000 years ago, according to new leaf (Opens in a new tab) Posted Friday (28 April).

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