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New studies have now calculated the size of the glaciers and thus the amount of water in the glaciers. It is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than one meter of ice. The results are published in the scientific journal, Geophysical Research Letters.
Read more at: phys.org...
It would not surprise me at all.
originally posted by: newWorldSamurai
We know that microbial life can survive in the harshness of space. Need to get some core samples of that ice ASAP. The evidence of life on another planet would be mind blowing. Well, for some of us at least. You'd probably have to imbed the news within a Justin Bieber article to get everyone attention.
the article says it's covered by a thin layer of dust. thin might mean many things but i would guess it's a nearly negligible shell. negligible in terms of ISRU; i mean. plus water is a heavy molecule it probably freezes and precipitates as fast as it sublimates.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: stormbringer1701
It is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than one meter of ice.
Buried equivalent. As soon as water ice becomes exposed to the near vacuum of Mars "atmosphere", it evaporates.
originally posted by: Kali74
We need that water on Earth... but how to get it here without quadrillions of dollars...
the article says it's covered by a thin layer of dust. thin might mean many things but i would guess it's a nearly negligible shell
Several satellites orbit Mars and on satellite images, researchers have been able to observe the shape of glaciers just below the surface. For a long time scientists did not know if the ice was made of frozen water (H2O) or of carbon dioxide (CO2) or whether it was mud.
Using radar measurements from the NASA satellite, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, researchers have been able to determine that is water ice.