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March 03, 2004

NASA: Rovers Prove Water Was On Mars

Starry-Eyed Scientists Enthusiastic With Findings

The Opportunity rover has found evidene on Mars that's got scientists buzzing back on Earth. On Tuesday, NASA held a press conference to announce the out-of-this-world news: Mars had water. The Mars exploration team claims they have found evidence suggesting Mars was once a water-rich world, thanks to some data collected by the Opportunity rover within a small crater at near an area called Meridiani Planum. Evidence the rover found in a rock outcrop led scientists to the conclusion. Clues from the rocks' composition, such as the presence of sulfates, and the rocks' physical appearance, such as niches where crystals grew, helped make the case for a watery history.

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