by Ryan Whitwam

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Mars is a mostly dry, dusty planet these days, but the more we study it, the more we learn about its watery past. Very watery, it would seem. New findings from the Curiosity rover point to megafloods in the planet’s past. NASA couldn’t see the evidence of this event from space, but Curiosity was able to make the determination by scanning Martian geology from the surface.

Curiosity has been on Mars since 2012, using an array of instruments to photograph, sample, and analyze little bits of Mars. The team from Jackson State University, Cornell, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and the University of Hawaii used data from the Mars Hand Lens Image (MALI) and Mastcam cameras to detect features in Gale Crater called megaripples. …



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