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Research shows liquid water may have been on Mars briefly Virginia Tech

A Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech has research published this week in Nature that shows Mars probably had liquid water at some point, but likely for only a short time, geologically speaking. NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity recently found the mineral jarosite and possibly gypsum on Mars’ surface, further adding to the speculation that water existed there in the past because those minerals “generally form in a wet environment,” according to a Nature news release.