NASA finds water ice on Mars

NASA Mars ice map

NASA finds water ice on Mars

When it comes to space exploration, one important factor is the discovery of water. This is because space travelers can use water to drink and to create rocket fuel. To help the discovery of water on Mars, NASA has released a map of potential ice locations of the planet.

According to the map researchers created, In some places, the ice is as little as 2.5 centimeters below the surface. Such ice is easily accessible to future visitors. Cool colors represent ice closer to the surface, while warm colors are ice deeper down.

“You wouldn’t need a backhoe to dig up this ice. You could use a shovel,We’re continuing to collect data on buried ice on Mars, zeroing in on the best places for astronauts to land.”Sylvain Piqueux of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a blog post.

Photomicrograph by Opportunity showing a gray hematite concretion, nicknamed “blueberries”, indicative of the past existence of liquid water

Water is very heavy to transport in space rockets. So it’s very important to have water there when considering manned space missions to the planet. This could also help to identify ideal sites for projects like SpaceX’s planned Mars base.

Most water on the surface evaporates quickly because the planets atmosphere is very thin. So the scientists believe that their best chance of finding water ice in the planet is bellow the surface. They claim that there may even be liquid water beneath the ice caps.

Source : NASA

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