In recent years, we’ve made impressive achievements in discovering what our neighbor planet, Mars, has to offer. Until now, we didn’t find life there, but, instead, NASA’s InSight recently made some exciting discoveries, including the potential presence of underground water and some mysterious magnetic pulses.
Mars has been for many years a subject of debate for scientists worldwide, which were claiming that the Red Planet might have hosted life in the past. Some astronomers even believe that Martians have visited Earth in the early history of our planet. The recent discoveries add more evidence that Mars might have been habited.
NASA’s InSight lander recorded some puzzling magnetic pulses on Mars
The InSight lander is a robotic geophysicist landed on Mars on about a year ago, and its mission is to collect data which can help humanity to understand the evolution of the Red Planet better.
Within the collected data, it’s also included the strength measurement of the magnetic field. And the weirdest part is that at midnight, Mars’ magnetic field is pulsating in a totally unusual way.
InSight’s data show that the Martian soil presents a stronger magnetic field than expected, but still, nobody can figure out a reason for the unexpected magnetic pulses.
Underground water could exist below the surface of Mars
NASA’s InSight lander had detected below the surface an electrically conductive layer of 2.5 miles thick. And what could be a better conductor for electricity than water?
Therefore, it’s safe to assume that the Red Planet might be hiding an ocean of underground water. And water means an excellent opportunity for life to evolve.
Whether the Martian ocean’s existence will be confirmed or not, or even if scientists will find out the cause for the peculiar magnetic pulses on the Red Planet, NASA’s InSight lander remains a perfect option for conducting various scientific measurements on Mars.