Scientists detect traces of water vapor on Mars
As the Tianwen-1 probe reached orbit on Wednesday, researchers observed water emanating high up in the thin atmosphere of the red planet.
Researchers say they have observed water vapour escaping high up in the thin atmosphere of Mars, offering tantalising new clues as to whether the Red Planet could have once hosted life.
The device is travelling aboard the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, a joint mission between the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos.
“This fantastic instrument is giving us a never-before-seen view of water isotopes in the atmosphere of Mars as a function of both time and location,” Manish Patel, senior lecturer in planetary sciences at the Open University, said.
On Wednesday, the Chinese Tianwen-1 probe entered the planet’s orbit after launching from southern China last July, in the latest advance for Beijing’s ambitious space programme.