Rovers Find Evidence Mars Was Once Hostile ABCNews

Nearly two years after NASA’s twin rovers parachuted to Mars, a Jekyll-and-Hyde picture is emerging about the planet’s past and whether it could have supported life. Both Spirit and Opportunity uncovered geologic evidence of a wet past, a sign that ancient Mars may have been hospitable to life. But new findings reveal the Red Planet was also once such a hostile place that the environment may have prevented life from developing. “For much of its history, it was a very forbidding place,” said mission principal investigator Steven Squyres of Cornell University.