The Water of Mars?

3D model Mars

3D image from NASA depicting spring and summer on a slope inside Mars’ Newton crater.

We’ve heard endlessly about the possibility that Mars, the far away red planet, has water, but recently we’ve gotten closer to a confirmation. Last week NASA revealed that its “Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter [has] revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.” And, according to an article published in the New York Times, scientists note that “shifting dark streaks on the surface of Mars are signs that water is flowing there today.”

Ice has been plentiful on Mars for quite some time but scientists have been looking for evidence of water because it could lead to the possibility of life outside the scope of Earth. While ice is important, “the recipe for life, at least as we know it, calls for liquid water, carbon-based molecules and a source for energy” and “chemical reactions for life come to a halt when water freezes.”

The data collected by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is being pored over by Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona. McEwen notes that “the best explanation for these observations so far is the flow of briny water. We have this circumstantial evidence for water flowing on Mars. We have no direct detection of water.”

The observations of the data reveal seasonal discrepancies and that

“some aspects of the observations still puzzle researchers, but flows of liquid brine fit the features’ characteristics better than alternate hypotheses. Saltiness lowers the freezing temperature of water. Sites with active flows get warm enough, even in the shallow subsurface, to sustain liquid water that is about as salty as Earth’s oceans, while pure water would freeze at the observed temperatures.”

While it may be too early to get your hopes up about water or life on Mars, these findings bring us closer than ever to an exciting breakthrough about how we perceive life in the universe.

Beat the Heat with a Filtrete Water Station – Enter Our Summer Photo Contest!

Filtrete water station

Filtrete Water Station

Summer is coming to a close and school is almost back in session. When you look back on this hot summer what memories come to mind: picnics, vacations, sunsets, thunderstorms, fireworks? Well, we’d like to know, so submit a photo that best represents your summer in our Beat the Heat Summer Photo Contest. Be creative! The winner receives a brand new Filtrete Water Station (a $50 value).

To enter the contest, follow these easy steps:

1. “Like” our Facebook page.

2. Post a picture of your garden on our wall or e-mail your photo directly to and we will post it on the wall ourselves.

3. Tell your friends to “Like” our Facebook page so that they can “Like” your photo.

4. After your photo is posted, people will vote on the best photo by “liking” the image.

Voting begins today, Monday August 8, and ends at 3pm on Friday August 19. The photo with the most “Likes” at the end of the week wins the contest.

The Filtrete Water Station is an economical alternative to water bottles. Just fill the Filtrete Water Station with water from your sink and the system filters sediment and the taste and odor of chlorine from your water. In just seconds, the system will fill the station’s four water bottles with clean, filtered water that you can take with you anywhere.

So, take out those cameras and snap some summer photos while you can!