Mars not barren: NASA scientists find liquid water on the Red Planet

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WASHINGTON, DC – There’s breaking news from NASA.

There is water on Mars.

“Today we're going to announce that under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars,” said Jim Green, NASA’s director of planetary science.

NASA made the announcement at the same time research by some of its scientists came out in the journal Nature about the discovery of briny water and of streaks as long as football fields formed by contemporary flowing water.

“The existence of liquid water, even if it's super salty, briny water, gives the possibility that, if there's life on Mars, we have a way to describe how it might survive,” said NASA’s John Grunsfeld.

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars were not really from Mars, but the discovery of liquid water means there’s a lot more to mars than we knew.

"Our rovers are finding that there is a lot more humidity in the air than we ever imagined. As we ingest the soils, they are moist, they are hydrated, full of water,” Green said.

And that could be good news if you’re ever stranded there.

Now that we know there’s water on Mars, how soon will it be before they tell us there really is a stone statue of Barack Obama there?