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    Mars may have salty water – Light Years - CNN.com Blogs
    Scientists have found new evidence for possible saltwater flows on Mars. The discovery was announced at a NASA news conference Thursday.

    Alfred McEwen, lead author of the Science study showing these observations, and his team have been observing Mars using the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. His team has identified features on some slopes of the planet that appear to fade in the winter and come back in the spring.

    These flows occur near the Mars equator, where temperatures would be suitable for liquid water.

    The water is expected to be salty because previous study of the planet has shown that its surface is salty, so any water that flows in the subsurface is going to be salty.

    Seven such sites on the planet have been confirmed, with 20 more possible.

    The study does not prove water exists, but identifies it as the best explanation.
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    A few days ago they discovered a planet far way with thousands of times more water than Earth.

    Life existed elsewhere in the universe. The question is what are the odds life still exists and that we will come in contact.
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    So all we need is the fries ... mars already has the heat and the salt for them.
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    Imagine the industry the red planet could support?

    We'd have virtually a limitless supply of salt.
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    Um, huh-whuh? Wanna post some sort of link to any article about that please?

    We don't even know for sure if there's water on the moon, so I'm thinking no one knows if there is any water on some recently discovered planet light years away. Methinks you read a hypothesis and interpreted to be fact.
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    A water-rich super Earth planet was discovered as well as a massive water reservoir containing trillions more water than all of Earth's oceans. Findings were published this past Wednesday in a tiny little journal called NATURE. Here are random links you can find if you simply do a quick google search on it instead of being lazy and quick to judge.

    Heavenly discoveries, earthly inventions - CNN.com

    Largest water body discovered

    Astronomers Find Largest Water Reservoir to Date [VIDEO] | IBTimes TV

    Astronomers find largest water reservoir ever, 12 billion years in the past

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    Super-Earth Atmosphere May Be Mostly Water | Wired Science | Wired.com

    Super-Earth: Newly Discovered Planet May Have Water - TIME

    Earth-like, water-rich planet found | News.com.au

    Earth-like, water-rich planet discovered - Hindustan Times

    http://www.aaa.org/node/474
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    Gotta love science writers. One of the links said the large mass of water was
    "ON" a quasar, not...

    Interesting that that much water is in a blob that long ago, since the Hydrogen and Ozygen would have to be put into space by a Nova event,,,,
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    First of all, if you have a point to make then it falls on you to support it. It does not fall on me to research the points you are making.

    Second of all, you wrote "they discovered a planet far way with thousands of times more water than Earth." None of your articles support that assertion. You obviously don't understand the difference between a "planet" and a "resevoir of water 100,000 more massive than our sun." (Honest question: Do you even know what a planet is?) I had a feeling that this recent discovery was what you referring to, but I wanted to see you write it before jumping to any conclusions.

    Then you included a whole bunch of articles which confirm my suspicion about you: You read something which was a hypothesis but got confused and interpreted the hypothesis as scientific fact. My advice to you is to never believe what headlines say because they are usually extremely misleading, especially for the easily confused.

    There's plenty of water out there, no doubt. That's why all those science fiction movies where aliens come to Earth to steal our water are so absurd. But I'm not seeing any scientific proof that we've found water on a specific planet. Just a whole lot of maybe's and could-be's and evidence-suggests.
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