Discovery Of Massive Water Ice Sheets On Mars Opens Up Doors For Space Colonization (Photos)

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If astronauts went to Mars and wanted to get water all they would have to do is grab a shovel and start digging. That is because massive sheets of water ice are reportedly resting just beneath the surface of Mars according to a new study from satellite images. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) discovered eight different locations where thick deposits of ice were found beneath Mars’ surface. On the side of rocky slopes, erosion exposed the frozen water to researchers. The massive bodies of water ice are said to be over 300-feet thick and were likely to have been deposited on the Red Planet as snow ages ago, but in terms of Mars geology they are considered “young.”

Researchers utilized the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the MRO to find the exciting discovery. All eight of the sites were in both northern and southern hemispheres of Mars, at latitudes from about 55 to 58 degrees, which is fantastic news since they aren’t located in the unwelcoming polar ice caps of Mars. The location of these sheets of ice would definitely influence the landing zone for any future Mars explorations. The cross-section of a Martian cliffs shows that a 3-to-6-foot layer of relatively pure snow that has been “transformed into massive ice sheets, now preserved beneath less than 1 to 2 meters of dry and ice-cemented dust.”

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