Newly Found Glaciers on Mars Could Support Future Colonies

1_11_Mars surface

Most of this precious liquid escaped into space, but some of it stayed behind, transforming into ice and settling beneath the rocky surface. Should this discovery be confirmed, it bodes well for future missions to the Red Planet. That is much shallower than what researchers have shown before.

That Mars still holds frozen water isn't a revelation. It's not just the volume of water they found (it's no mystery that Mars harbors a lot of ice in these particular regions), it's how mineable it promises to be. Furthermore, some of these massive ice deposits were found to be more than 330 feet (100 meters) thick. This latest study may finally be the confirmation we've been looking for.

This NASA HiRISE image shows an icy scarp on Mars in the context of a broader area.

More immediately, mapping ice deposits is useful in... A lack of craters indicates that some of that history could be quite recent.

"It is likely that ice near the surface is even more extensive than detected in this study", Dundas said. "The presence of banding and color variations suggest layers", they argue, "possibly deposited with changes in the proportion of ice and dust under varying climate conditions". The sheer size of the ice sheets could help scientists better understand the history of Mars and its climate, NASA said. In this case, it transmitted rich 3D images showing where the Martian surface has eroded in at least eight different regions to reveal ice underground. The Red Planet is always thought of in popular culture as being one step less habitable than Utah - dry, sandy desert in all directions, with nothing but rocks and the occasional cannonball to break up the scenery.

ISRO set to launch its 100th satellite today, along with 30 others
The surveillance satellite from the "Cartosat 2" series will keep watch on India's hostile neighbours. The total weight of all the 31 satellites carried onboard PSLV-C40 is about 1323 kg.

UK's nuclear weapons vulnerable to a cyberattack, think tank warns
Software in the nuclear missile system was being upgraded after defence officials admitted there was "legitimate concern" about threats from cyber hackers.

File sharing startup Dropbox confidentially files for IPO
The joke surrounding Dropbox for years was that the company was set to go public in the fourth quarter of that year - every year. There has been no official confirmation about this just yet, either from Dropbox or Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan for that matter.

Ice on Mars was initially discovered a few years ago, but at the time, we weren't entirely sure how much was there.

"Whilst water ice is known to be present in some locations on Mars, many questions remain about its layering, thickness, purity and extent", Dundas said. Encouragingly, she says the spectral results mean the water is "pretty darn clean" in terms of direct content, which is great news for prospective Martian colonists.

Scientists have discovered big ice sheets just below the surface of Mars.

That said, it may not be all that easy to access the ice found in the new study. "There's certainly some amount of dust and debris in it, and there can be small amounts of salts or other things as well, but what we're seeing at the scarps are predominately ice".

Related News:

Most liked

Anti-govt protest: Petrol bombs thrown at Jewish school in Tunisia
Food prices have also risen by about 8 percent each year since the 2011 revolution, while unemployment stands at over 15 percent. In a Tunis suburb, citizens intervened to help police hold off rioters armed with knives and firebombs trying to attack a train.

How the #MeToo movement dominated the Golden Globes
Despite all this, she praised Oprah's message and echoed: "Let's all come together, women and men, and say Time's Up ". Some have said that night convinced him to run. "I'm glad her voice is leading us in America".

US Treasury Secretary Expects More Sanctions on Iran
Ultimately, it will be the president's decision, he said, adding, "We are confident that we will get to the right place". There is simply too much negative historical baggage for any mainstream group in Iranian politics to want USA support.

Death toll in California mudslides rises to 17
Heavy rains unleashed deadly mudslides Tuesday that damaged or swept away dozens of homes in Southern California . The video below shows rescuers helping a driver whose vehicle was swept away by the mud .

Dems warn of Russian election interference across Europe
Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee received a copy of the report Monday evening. The offices of several other Republicans on the committee did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Nothing unusual about my chopper ride: CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Gone are the days when the party was deeply divided between Vijayan and former Chief Minister V.S. Vijayan cancelled the official's order later, saying it was done without his knowledge.

P!nk named to perform USA anthem at Super Bowl 52
Last season, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and cornerback Cyrus Jones were members of the New England Patriots' championship team. He said: "Philadelphia would've been my pick for the Super Bowl if it wasn't for the injury to the quarterback Carson Wentz ".

White House Doesn't Deny Trump's 'Shithole Countries' Comment
In December , he reportedly said that " all Haitians have AIDS " and made derogatory comments about the way Nigerians live. When he got to Haiti , Trump asked why the United States wants more people from Haiti and African countries.

Norfolk MP warns government over impact of 'hard Brexit'
The mayor told Sky: 'This independent analysis should help guide the Government to the best outcome for London and the UK. He said walking away from Europe without a deal would lead to a "lost decade of lower growth ".

Queen Elizabeth's bra specialist loses job after publishing tell-all book
The Royal Warrants Association says 20 to 40 Royal Warrants are cancelled every year, but a similar number also granted. While the company has held the United Kingdom royal warrant since 1960, she only took over the role in the 1980s.

Meltdown and Spectre bugs affect digital devices worldwide
If you own a computer or smartphone that uses an Intel, AMD or ARM processor, those devices are vulnerable to Spectre . Check "Settings" on your iPhone and iPad and "Updates" in the Mac App Store to make sure your devices are up-to-date.

Things You Need to Know About the Trump-Bannon Breakup
Mr Trump has promised to address the situation, but his "opioid czar" Kellyanne Conway does not appear to be at Camp David. In response, the publisher moved the book's release date from next week to January 5, citing unprecedented demand.

Google unifies Android Pay and Google Wallet into Google Pay
The availability of the LG Pay in the USA will be timed with the release of its upcoming flagship phone. The YouTube app and other well-known Google products already have the Google Pay option available.

Amazon Alexa Set to Become Power Business Tool on Windows 10 PCs
Six months since Amazon and Microsoft shook hands for coupling Windows 10 with Alexa, we are having the initial signs of its arrival.

National Football League to see if Raiders violated Rooney Rule
The NFL will "look into" the Raiders for a potential violation of the Rooney Rule, a league spokesman said via email on Thursday. It would be an embarrassing moment for the Raiders if they did indeed violate the Rooney Rule.