Lots of Ice Water on Mars

Water is necessary for human survival. There’s lots of water on Mars:

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.

“If there is life on Mars, this kind of ice would likely preserve ancient organisms and DNA,” researcher Jim Head, a planetary geoscientist at Brown University, told Wired.com. “Examining the water ice could give you a good sample to try to detect if there had been life there.”

The newly-discovered glaciers, reported Wednesday in Science, appear to contain the largest volume of Martian water ice outside the poles.

“Just one of the features we examined is three times larger than the city of Los Angeles, and up to one-half mile thick, and there are many more,” said study leader John Holt of the University of Texas at Austin, in a press release.

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