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Breaking News – Liquid water exists on Mars

Breaking news – NASA announcement: Liquid water found on Mars, so is there life beyond Earth? Read the report and build your English vocabulary.

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Liquid water exists on Mars, boosting hopes for life there, NASA says

Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there.

While the discovery doesn’t by itself offer evidence of life on Mars, either past or present, it does boost hopes that the harsh landscape still offers some refuge for microbes to cling to existence.

“The existence of liquid water, even if it is super salty briny water, gives the possibility that if there’s life on Mars, that we have a way to describe how it might survive,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.

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surface = the top part of something

to reveal (verb) = to show for the first time

to offer evidence = to prove, to give proof of

harsh (adjective) = rough, tough, difficult to survive in

refuge (noun) = shelter, a safe place to live

briny (adj) = very salty, having a lot of salt in it

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