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Water on Mars: Consolmagno (Specola Vaticana), “This is a marvellous achievement! Will we someday find life in such regions of Mars? Who knows!”

“This is a marvellous achievement! Will we someday find life in such regions of Mars? Who knows! But it is only through such slow, painstaking work that we will find out. Of course this also demonstrates how their radar techniques may also explore the oceans beneath the ice crusts of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We live in exciting times!”. This is how the Jesuit father Guy Consolmagno, director of the Specola Vaticana, comments with SIR on the discovery of a lake with liquid salt water one and a half km beneath the ice crusts of the South Pole of Mars. It was discovered by Marsis, the Italian radar of the Mars Express spacecraft. Published on Science, the discovery was announced by the Italian Space Agency (Asi), the Italian National Astrophysics Institute (Inaf), the universities Roma Tre, Sapienza and Gabriele d’Annunzio (Pescara), and the National Research Council (Cnr). “My congratulations to my colleagues at INAF and ASI and the many Italian universities who participated in this work”, Consomagno concludes.

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