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Rover discovers huge water deposit on Mars

Posted on Monday, 24 August, 2015 | Comment icon 34 comments

The rover is continuing to make surprising discoveries on Mars. Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered a large amount of water beneath Buckskin Rock in the Marias Pass.
Despite appearances the barren, desolate sands of Mars are actually not as dry as they seem.

Thanks to its on-board drilling apparatus the rover, which arrived on Mars in 2012, has this week uncovered a hidden water deposit located only a short distance beneath the surface of the planet.

The discovery was made using the rover's Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) tool, an active/passive neutron spectrometer which works by looking for the hydrogen in water molecules.

"The ground about one meter beneath the rover in this area holds three or four times as much water as the ground anywhere else Curiosity has driven during its three years on Mars," said Principal Investigator Igor Mitrofanov.

The find is very promising as it offers further evidence to suggest that the conditions on Mars were once a lot more favorable than they are today and that life may have been able to survive there.

"The main mission objective now is to examine layers of lower Mount Sharp for ancient habitable environments and evidence about how early Mars environments evolved from wetter to drier conditions," NASA wrote in a press release on its website.

Source: Mirror.co.uk | Comments (34)

Tags: Mars, Water

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by psyche101 on 26 August, 2015, 6:20
I want to drink some Mars water ASAP! That would be like, so cool!! This will happen.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Paranomali on 26 August, 2015, 7:06
I can't wait to until they get onto Europa. I dunno what it is about Mars, but i just don't think they will find what they are looking for there.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Emma_Acid on 26 August, 2015, 7:56
Is it really impossible for there to be hidden water somewhere on Mars? Um... no? They know there is water on Mars.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Astra- on 26 August, 2015, 10:27
So, is this "free water", say, droplets of water in porous areas of the ground there, or is it "bound" water, whatever I mean by that? I think it's more like water ice beneath the sub-surface - and also on the polar caps.And some ice vapour in the atmosphere. They have also found some type of reservoir with water or ice close to the surface.
Comment icon #29 Posted by FTWind on 26 August, 2015, 10:34
When speaking of unlikeable places where life can form , shouldn't we take into note the life we've found inside oil and electricity? Http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/8456/20140808/living-oil-microorganisms-ruins-fuel.htm https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25894-meet-the-electric-life-forms-that-live-on-pure-energy/
Comment icon #30 Posted by Astra- on 26 August, 2015, 10:57
Is it really impossible for there to be hidden water somewhere on Mars? This might be helpful.http://www.express.c...rface-discovery
Comment icon #31 Posted by Goodnite on 26 August, 2015, 16:11
I can see this in years to come; bottled Martian water@100,000$ per liter.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Astra- on 26 August, 2015, 21:55
I can see this in years to come; bottled Martian water@100,000$ per liter.
Comment icon #33 Posted by FTWind on 27 August, 2015, 15:43
I'm confused so this is not talking about liquid water?
Comment icon #34 Posted by psyche101 on 31 August, 2015, 6:43
I'm confused so this is not talking about liquid water? Nope. What is not ice, is vapour in the atmosphere. No liquid on Mars that we have ever seen. We have seen run off's that indicate it might show up from time to time, but that would be ice melt of, if it turns out to be modern. Surface temps can get up to a bright 20 Degrees C at the equator, but they drop to about 100 below at night, so it does not get much of a chance to stay as a liquid anyway, even if Mars had lots of surface water.

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