NASA on Monday announced the results of a new study showing that salty liquid water flows seasonally on Mars, giving the red planet one of the essential ingredients for life.
Google celebrated the finding of liquid on the red planet with an adorable Doodle of an animated Mars joyously sipping a cup of water.
The study, made public to the world on Monday, and published online by NASA, focuses on the mysterious recurring slope lineae, or "RSL" -- narrow, streaky features on the planet's surface spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
Scientists have long speculated that there may once have been life on the Red Planet. The presence of liquid water makes it possible that life could currently exist there, NASA said.
Incidentally, the announcement comes only a few days before the film The Martian opens in India.