Just the other day, we were reporting that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found something pretty impressive on the surface of the Red Planet.
There seem to be some really intriguing rounded formations that appear on the surface of Mars. The rover was able to take a few photos of a strange view on December 5.
Check out more details and a photo in our previous article.
Water ice on Mars
Even is NASA is working really hard to get people back on the Moon, the space agency still dreams about the Red Planet. This means thinking ahead to the best place where humans can be landed on Mars.
It’s been revealed that we might end up aiming for a location that has easy access to water ice.
According to the latest reports coming from CNET, it seems that NASA released a look at something called a “treasure map for water ice on Mars.”
Arcadia Planitia hides shallow ice deposits
This details a region that is known as Arcadia Planitia, where Mars seems to be hiding shallow ice deposits.
The best thing is that these ice deposits could supply astronauts with some pretty precious water resources that could very well be used for both drinking and creating rocket fuel.
“You wouldn’t need a backhoe to dig up this ice. You could use a shovel,” according to NASA’s Sylvain Piqueux, lead author of a paper on the water ice that has been published this week and it’s called: “Widespread Shallow Water Ice on Mars at High and Mid Latitudes.”
It’s also worth noting that experts pulled data from observations made by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Odyssey spacecraft in order to be able to create this map.
We recommend that you head over to the original paper in order to find out more interesting details.