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Scientists stunned by billion-year-old ancient river on Mars

January 18, 2013

Scientists stunned by billion-year-old ancient river on Mars

Did water flow on Mars? Sure looks like it.

A team of European Space Agency (ESA) scientists have reportedly discovered an ancient riverbed on Mars, the latest evidence supporting the theory that water once flowed freely across the Martian surface. The photos, which were taken last year, were released late Thursday by the agency, according to a statement.

European Space Agency officials announced Thursday that they have discovered an ancient riverbed carved into the surface of the Red Planet. The images, snapped by the ESA’s Mars Express, have left astronomers around the world scrambling to better understand the stunning feature — quite possibly the most definitive evidence to date supporting the theory that water once flowed on Mars.

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