Water found on Mars: Scientists discover liquid 12-mile lake beneath ice – meaning there could be ALIEN life on the red planet

An underground lake of liquid water has been uncovered on Mars for the first time in a landmark discovery that bolsters the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.

The reservoir, which spans 12 miles (20km) and is buried a mile (1.6km) underground, was uncovered by scientists using radar to probe the planet’s icy south pole.

Despite the triangle-shaped lake sitting at a hyper-cooled -68

  • The landmark discovery is the first evidence of a lake of liquid water on the red planet still in existence today
  • A subsurface lake spans 12 miles (20km) and is buried a mile (1.5km) underground according to radar probes 
  • It lays beneath the planet’s icy south pole and is an ideal environment for the growth of alien life, experts say
  • They believe the water is kept in liquid form as a ‘sludge-like’ salty brine despite .
  • An underground lake of liquid water has been uncovered on Mars for the first time in a landmark discovery that bolsters the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.

    The reservoir, which spans 12 miles (20km) and is buried a mile (1.6km) underground, was uncovered by scientists using radar to probe the planet’s icy south pole.

    Despite the triangle-shaped lake sitting at a hyper-cooled -68°C (-90°F), scientists believe the water is kept in liquid form as a ‘sludge-like’ salty brine.

    The discovery is the first proof of a liquid water on Mars that still exists today – an environment scientists say is ideal for the growth of microbial life.

    Experts said the ‘stunning’ find, which is around the size of lake Windermere, could provide the first evidence of life outside of Earth, and will serve as a key target for future missions to the red planet, as well as potentially providing a key resource for future human settlements.

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    An underground lake of liquid water has been discovered on Mars for the first time in a landmark discovery that bolsters the possibility of extra-terrestrial life

    An underground lake of liquid water has been discovered on Mars for the first time in a landmark discovery that bolsters the possibility of extra-terrestrial life

    Pictured is the feature's position on the Martian south pole

    The lake was uncovered by radar readings (left), as well as its position on the Martian south pole (right)

    The presence of the underground lake was discovered by scientists at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), in Rome.

    Following the discovery, Warwick Holmes, an aerospace engineer at the University of Sydney, said future spacecraft missions to Mars will be working ‘very hard’ to design methods to sample liquid from the newly discovered lake.

    As it stands, current generation technologies do not allow for drills to penetrate deep enough to reach the liquid water in the lake.

    Despite this, Mr Holmes remained cautiously optimistic.