New Water-Related Discovery from Hibernating Spirit Rover

A mosaic of images shows the soil in front of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. Bright-toned soil was freshly exposed by the rover’s left-front wheel. The inset show a magnified view of the nearby rectangles within the mosaic, showing the differences between undisturbed and disturbed soil. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

She may be down, but she’s not out – out of the discovery department, anyway. Data from the Spirit Mars rover – currently in hibernation – shows evidence that water, perhaps as snow melt, trickled into the subsurface fairly recently and may be doing so on a continuing basis. (…) Read the rest of New Water-Related Discovery from Hibernating Spirit Rover (600 words)

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