It is possible that we can live on Mars one day

NASA confirms that water exists on the Red Planet. See some of the funniest social media reactions here

By Andrea Tim | Published: 29 Sep 2015

Mars has water
Photo: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Water, the stuff of life. NASA has found that our neighbouring planet Mars seems to have it, thanks to the discovery of what looks like downhill streaks on cliffs, valleys and craters – patterns that suggest that in certain circumstances, liquid water is present. 

"Mars is not the dry, arid planet that we thought of in the past," NASA's Jim Green said. "Liquid water has been found on Mars."

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the images, which were studied and given false colour to produce the image seen above.

Researchers theorise that Mars once had the kind of habitable surface and atmosphere that Earth does, but something happened to it (possibly a major climate change) that caused the dramatic loss of water. The question remains: was there ever life on Mars and can there be any in the future?

Now, we count the days until mankind makes its first trip to the Red Planet. We only hope that we're still alive to witness that day. Celebrities and the fictional characters of Twitter are already tweeting their excitement; here are some of the funniest.

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