Water Has Been Found on Mars

by Rachel Baker on October 1, 2013

The NASA rover, Curiosity, has taken soil samples on Mars that show several percents of water. This is great news for the possibility of terraforming on Mars.

“One of the most exciting results from this very first solid sample ingested by Curiosity is the high percentage of water in the soil,” Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said in a NASA press release.

Leshin further said that if you could heat just a cubic foot of Martian dirt, you could actually get approximately two pints of waters, “like two water bottles you’d take to the gym.”

“And this dirt on Mars is interesting because it seems to be about the same everywhere you go. If you are a human explorer, this is really good news because you can quite easily extract water from almost anywhere,” she said in the press release.


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