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The search for water on Mars

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The possibility of water on Mars has captured human imagination for over a century. In this free course, The Search for Water on Mars, find out more about how scientists have found evidence for water in the red planet’s past and present, and what this might mean for the possibility of life beyond Earth.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the history of Mars and the role of its environment on the presence of water over time
  • describe the methods used to find water on Mars, including the techniques employed by robotic and orbiting spacecraft
  • evaluate the evidence for water on Mars
  • describe the different settings in which water has been in Mars’ past and today
  • understand the implications of finding water on the possibility of finding life.

First Published: 18/08/2021

Updated: 18/08/2021

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