Mars Rover Finds Signs of Ancient Streambed
Hip-deep water, habitable for life, may have flown across the planet
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Sep 27, 2012 4:20 PM CDT
This image provided by NASA shows shows a Martian rock outcrop near the landing site of the rover Curiosity thought to be the site of an ancient streambed.   (AP Photo/NASA)

(Newser) – One of the Mars Rover's main goals on its current mission was to find a site on the planet that could have supported life. Ding, ding, ding. NASA says the rover Curiosity actually landed on what looks to be an ancient streambed, reports the Washington Post. Rounded pebbles and other telltale signs suggest that a fast-moving stream ran as high as hip-deep across the planet.

“Plenty of papers have been written about channels on Mars with many different hypotheses about the flows in them,” says a professor on the team. “This is the first time we’re actually seeing water-transported gravel on Mars. This is a transition from speculation about the size of streambed material to direct observation of it.”

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Mars Rover Finds Signs of Ancient Streambed is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 9 comments
Jan 26, 2013 10:38 PM CST
In Phoenix, Arizona, the dry Salt River bed has billions and billions of River rounded rocks...all Blillions and Billions of Salt River Rocks are rounded from Billion year draggings.....they are commercialized...... Living beings on Mars have been talking about seeing canals on Earth now for years....and now we have the proof..... When are these scientists going to get it? I told them about the 57 mile diameter crater that is presently one mile deep as our Grand Canyon is. The NASA scientists say that there is evidence of water trails.. First: This meteor is 57 miles across serving as a dust pan on the surface of Mars for billions of years if not millions...It is confirmed, that Mars has dust storms...wind...this 57 miles wide meteor using common sense if any, had to be at least 10 to 15 miles deep or more...The dust storms have been sweeping the outer layer of the planet into this 57 miles wide man hole.. Listen up! NASA Scientists: This is no water on Mars and never has been. If it had water the millions of years ago when that Meteor entered its anemic atmosphere, the Meteor would have shattered before striking. The Shoemaker-Levy Meteor broke up in multiple pieces before striking Jupiter. Maybe there is water on Jupiter or UrAnus. No Water. Bring my Curosity back home to me. My grand children want to play with it. Is there any way you can find the decent engine and couple it with an ascent engine...I want it back home. It's cold and lonely there. 1942
Oct 1, 2012 8:44 AM CDT
Water transported pebbles?? How could they conclude “Water??” Could have been a large flow of semen from a giant mars man that transported those pebbles…
Sep 28, 2012 1:11 AM CDT
Petrified bear and salmon bones coming soon to a headline near you.