There’s a new map of the Red Planet which has just been released and it shows that there’s ice on the planet that’s only a few inches deep in some places.
Now, following this discovery, which basically means easily obtainable water sources on the planet, experts can chart the landing positions on the planet, and this means we’re closer to getting to the Red Planet than initially believed.
There’s one spot in particular that has been identified by researchers as the prime one for future astronaut missions.
Temperate conditions with sunlight
The spot in the Red Planet’s northern hemisphere is known as Arcadia Planitia, and this is filled with an abundance of ice, also boasting temperate conditions with lots of sunlight.
The lead author of the study, which explains more details about the issues mentioned above, is Sylvain Piqeux, who studies planetary surfaces at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
Piqeux stated that “You wouldn’t need a backhoe to dig up this ice. You could use a shovel. We’re continuing to collect data on buried ice on Mars, zeroing in on the best places for astronauts to land.”
The main hope that experts have is to gather massive amounts of water that astronauts could use for drinking and for rocket fuel.
It’s been also revealed that the map is “based on data from two of NASA’s longest-running spacecrafts, the Mars Odyssey and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. They employed heat-sensitive instruments that detected changes in the surface temperature where ice was buried,” according to data coming from the online publication Express.co.uk.
Considering the thin atmosphere of the planet, liquid on the surface usually evaporates really quick, and this makes the surface of the Planet a desert.
Unexpected discovery shocks experts
In other Mars-related news, it’s been revealed that an unexpected Mars mission discovery shocked scientists.
They are now reportedly able to put together the early chapters of the dramatic history of the Red Planet.
The space agency released new, unexpected info about a new finding that’s been made on Mars.