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Mars Discovery Could Boost Science Interest

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Scientists believe the dark streaks are evidence of flowing liquid water on Mars. (Photo: NASA) Scientists believe the dark streaks are evidence of flowing liquid water on Mars. (Photo: NASA)

SALISBURY, Md.- As a professor of physics and astronomy at Salisbury University, Dr. Any Pica says NASA's announcement of liquid water being found on Mars was not only personally exciting, but could generate new interest in young people to explore careers in science.

The announcement was made Monday morning by Dr. Jim Green, director of NASA's planetary science division.

"Mars is not the dry arid planet that we thought of in the past. Today we're going to announce that under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on Mars," Green said live on NASA TV.

"Water is the key to life right? So where there's water, there may be life.  So the only way they're going to really detect any of those is there has to be a physical presence of humans on Mars," said SU's Pica.

Pica believes it could be some time before humans ever walk on the Martian surface, but also believes this discovery will get the ball rolling in that direction. In order to get people to the red planet in 10, 20, or even 50 years, it will take plenty of smart young minds to figure out how to get them there. Pica said this discovery could bring a surge in the number of people studying things like physics or aerospace engineering, not only at Salisbury University, but at schools and colleges around the world.

"Many of our graduates have gone to work for NASA, and I think this is going to stimulate a lot of high school kids and kids going through college to take the courses to get into astrophysics or engineering or something like that," said Pica.

As NASA discovers Martian water and searches for life, new life may be coming to the scientific field.

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