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Discovery of flowing water on Mars: What's next?
NASA has recently confirmed the evidence of liquid water flowing in present day Mars, through their Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Researchers have found out that the summer months of Mars is the time when water flows down from canyons and crater walls. This discovery raises the chances of some life form existing on the planet.

"Our quest on Mars has been to 'follow the water,' in our search for life in the universe, and now we have convincing science that validates what we've long suspected. This is a significant development, as it appears to confirm that water -- albeit briny -- is flowing today on the surface of Mars," said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

According to the agency, hydrated minerals called perchlorates were identified and are responsible for forming streaks on slopes on Mars' surface, during the summer season (around -10 degrees Fahrenheit). Disappearing during the cold season meant that the water is briny than pure, because "salts lower the freezing point of water," project researcher Lujendra Ojha states.

Water discovery beneficial for Mars future probes

Where the water was found is potentially the best places for the search for extant life on the Red Planet.  Alfred McEwen, a planetary geologist at the University of Arizona and senior author on the study, added that "while it would be very important to find evidence of ancient life, it would be difficult to understand the biology." Existing life forms will be more informative, he explained in a report on The Guardian's website.

The flow of water can also point to other water sources locations and these places are not only possible hubs of life, but may also be the ideal points where future manned missions to Mars may land. The challenge now is how to avoid contamination of Mars with microbes from Earth, especially with wet areas susceptible to contamination.

Water may be an important resource for human exploration and activity on the planet, by making it easier and less expensive to travel to the Red Planet. Water, together with nitrogen and carbon, also makes it possible for the growth of plants on Mars, making greenhouse and even food a plausible idea should Earthlings inhabit Mars in the future.

Space technology at work: What's next?

With convincing evidence of flowing water on Mars today, a plethora of possibilities has been opened for science. What made this discovery possible is the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has been investigating Mars for nine years since 2006 using its six science instruments.

The MRO's ability to capture images in fine detail has been the cornerstone of the discovery. Today, the MRO is just one of many advanced technologies and equipment used to find many unexplained things in outer space. One of the pioneers in today's space technology is Thunder Energies Corporation (TNRG), headed by Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli.

In particular, TNRG's Division of Optical Equipment has been exceptional in its development and production of the revolutionary telescopes aimed to search for antimatter galaxies and other anomalous sky objects. Unlike the MRO and other science equipments, the Santilli telescope developed by the company can be available to professional and amateur astronomers. The company is now looking for potential distributors of the Santilli telescope.

What else can we find out there in space?

The search for antimatter in space is together with the search for extraterrestrial life, very much like the probe for liquid water on Mars. Progress on the antimatter search can mean a world of possibilities, not the very least on its medical use.

In a press release, Dr. Santilli stated, "We are glad to announce the search for antimatter galaxies alongside with the search for extraterrestrial life, dark matter and dark energy because our knowledge of the universe is insignificant compared to what remains yet to be discovered. I am particularly glad that Thunder Energies Corporation is making available to professional as well as amateur astronomers all over the world our new telescopes for the first known systematic search of antimatter galaxies following a number of scientific publications."

The Santilli telescope is dubbed as the first truly new telescope since Galileo times. Just as what the MRO did with the latest Mars discovery, the Santilli telescope can discover and identify puzzling objects in the sky, and this leads to explaining what they are.

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