There's something out there, maaaaaannn.
Or maybe not, but according to Nasa scientists there's almost definitely flowing water on the surface on Mars. That doesn't mean there's aliens, but it also doesn't mean there's not aliens, amiright?
The journal Nature Geoscience today published a a study which claimed that long, dark streaks found onMars consisted of mineral salts. These streaks absorb moisture easily, and the most likely explanation for their existence is flowing water on the surface.
The study said that 'Our findings strongly support the hypothesis that recurring slope lineae [the long streaks] form as a result of contemporary water activity on Mars'.
‘Water is essential to life as we know it. The presence of liquid water on Mars today has astrobiological, geologic and hydrologic implications and may affect future human exploration.’
Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars explanation programme, told The Guardian that ‘there is liquid water on the surface of Mars. Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.’
We'd just like to point out there The Martian was just released, so it's either incredibly good timing, or somebody is looking to cash in on all the free publicity. Either way, if there's one thing to take from this it's that we're all definitely off to Mars.