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It's not exactly little green men but we're coming closer to -- life once existed on Mars NASA announcing on Thursday.
They found a significant amount of water in the very first scoop of mars' soil analyzed by the curiosity rover.
Earlier analysis had shown that about two billion years ago there were -- bids on Mars with running water.
Now we found what remains of that water is a major breakthrough that cements what scientists have long thought Mars was once capable of supporting life.
Mars is the most earth like that any of the planets in our solar system.
And so it's why we choose to explore it.
And that could have significant practical applications.
As NASA sets -- space travel sites beyond the moon.
Some experts say -- natural resources on Mars mean the planet could be used as a sort of way station for further exploration of our solar system.
It all added up to.
Understanding this department as being chemically one that was favorable for life not enough.
In a harsh way but actually quite benign apartment it's very much like earth.
According to experts now that we know there's easily accessible water on Mars.
We could conceivably send a crew that could scoop up the soil anywhere on the surface heated and have water almost instantly.
The samples taken by the Mars rover also released significant amounts of carbon dioxide and oxygen when -- Meaning in theory it could be used as a source of air making it possible for humans to some -- visit the red planet.
In New York David Lee Miller Fox News.
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