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Does Mars have 'oceans' of water inside it ?

Posted on Monday, 2 July, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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Scientists believe that the mantle of Mars contains enough water to cover the planet's entire surface.

Meteorites from Mars have been found to contain enough hydrated minerals to suggest that the planet contains as much as 300 parts per million of water, an amount that is even in excess of that found on the Earth. "Basically the amount of water we're talking about is equal to or more than the amount in the upper mantle of the Earth," said study leader and planetary scientist Francis McCubbin.

The research indicates that some of Mars' volcanoes likely brought large amounts of water to the surface at a time when the temperature was sufficient to support it and increasing the chance that Mars may have once been a place hospitable to life.

"Mars could have entire oceans' worth of water locked in rocks deep underground, scientists say."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 2 July, 2012, 22:10
The chinese are in space now and they wont take a step backwards, I bet they are already eyeing of the moon & other planets, hey maybe thats the kick in the **** the west needs.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Darkwind on 2 July, 2012, 22:29
I don't care who goes as long as somebody goes. To do it, it is going to take an international effort, anyway.
Comment icon #11 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 2 July, 2012, 23:31
I would say your probably right a joint effort would be more benefical to all
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns on 3 July, 2012, 2:25
4 representatives from each continent to explore mars sounds like it. it would hopefully take their minds off future wars or world domination
Comment icon #13 Posted by kwin on 3 July, 2012, 6:29
"....that Mars may have once been a place hospitable to life." as opposed to what, it can't have life now??? Cut the budget till NASA becomes totally independent from the military & it's veil of secrecy. http://www.marsanomalyresearch.com/evidence-reports/2001/019/colossal-trees.htm
Comment icon #14 Posted by Paracelse on 3 July, 2012, 10:31
Now we have to find a tow truck big enough to bring to a more hospitable distance from the sun
Comment icon #15 Posted by Abramelin on 3 July, 2012, 11:31
There are now serious plans to actually do what you suggested: From another thread: Human settlement of Mars in 2023 Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars One has created a technical plan for this mission that is as simple as possible. For every component of the mission we have i... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by Junior Chubb on 3 July, 2012, 23:55
Two birds with one stone Grey14? Isn't this Mars One stunt going to be part funded by the fly on the wall filming of astronaut training and selection (and generous corporate sponsorship)? Surely this isn't serious. Waspie, help me out here!!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Junior Chubb on 9 July, 2012, 0:48
If you are interested there is a thread on the Mars One project, Big Brother in space (Cosmic Brother?)

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