Mars' Gale Crater Once Held Vast Lake

December 9, 2014 1:12 AM

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Gale crater on Mars was once home to a massive lake, according to a new finding from the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet. The mobile observatory also discovered that Mount Sharp, the central peak of the crater, was formed by sediment, slowly collected by water flowing into the region, over the course of tens of millions of years.

Analysis of data from instruments on-board Curiosity suggests ancient Mars may have possessed conditions capable of sustaining liquid water in multiple locations around the Red Planet.

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