On Mars, There’s A Briny Nature To The Liquid Brew Just Discovered By NASA

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Mars water photo
Dark streaks on the slopes of Mars' Hale Crater are believed to be formed by seasonal flow of water.

There is evidence of water flowing on Mars, NASA says. But according to Jennifer Hanley, it's not worth taking a drink. Hanley worked on the study of Mars' surface water while at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder. She says the Martian surface water is infused with salts known as perchlorates which act as an antifreeze, allowing it to stay liquid at temperatures as low as minus 94 degrees.

Jennifer Hanley, who recently joined the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, spoke with Colorado Matters' host Ryan Warner.