ICE ON MARS
A HUGE deposit of buried ice has been discovered on Mars. It’s thought that it contains about as much water as Lake Superior, which is Earth’s largest freshwater lake by surface area.
The layer of ice is in the north of the planet, and is covered by between one and ten metres of soil. Scientists think it will be an excellent spot for the first astronauts on Mars to carry out tests in the future. These may reveal what type of life, if any, Mars hosted in the past, and what the Martian Ice Ages were like. It could also be used as liquid water, to help keep astronauts alive.
Researcher Jack Holt of the University of Texas said: “This deposit is probably more accessible than most water ice on Mars, because it is at a low latitude and it lies in a flat, smooth area where landing a spacecraft would be easier than at some of the other areas with buried ice.”
The team studied observations of the red planet made by instruments aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
This is the spot on Mars where NASA searched for ice using radar systems