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The European Space Agency' Mars Express spacecraft has discovered "large volumes of water ice" hiding only 65 feet underground the red planet's surface, in the Phlegra Montes mountain range. It could be used by future human explorers.
ESA claims that the images show lobate debris aprons that have been moved down the mountain slopes over time, just like the debris covering glaciers on Earth. According to the ESA, their finding is backed up by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter radar data, which "shows that lobate debris aprons are indeed strongly associated with the presence of water, perhaps only 20 meters underground."
The Phlegra Montes is a smooth system of "gently curving" mountain and ridges. Planetary geologists believe that it was formed by tectonic forcers, not volcanic activity. Some of the shaping of those ridges were created by the compression of snow deposited in ancient craters. ESa believes that "over time, the snow compacted to form glaciers which then sculpted the crater floors."
Originally posted by brindle
All of the planets close to us all have water and people,animals and plants.
Originally posted by nerbot
I wonder how much the first bottle brought back will sell for?
Originally posted by PhoenixOD
The European Space Agency' Mars Express spacecraft has discovered "large volumes of water ice"
August 2, 2005—Life on Mars? Who knows? Ice on Mars? Most definitely—and now we've got more cold, hard evidence.
On Thursday the European Space Agency released a rare photo of a Martian ice lake in the far northern reaches of the planet. Capping a swirl of dunes at the bottom of a 23-mile-wide (35-kilometer-wide) crater, the frozen lake is thought to exist year-round. The modest temperature and pressure changes in this latitude would not be enough to allow the ice to melt or evaporate.
Giant glaciers buried under the surface of Mars at much lower latitudes than any previously known ice are a potential source of drinking water for future astronauts.
The discovery, made using ground-penetrating radar on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, offers new possibilities in the search for life on the red planet.
Originally posted by camaro68ss
Nice Find, Now all we need to do is get some people up there.
Whos down for a road trip to mars!