NASA Discovers Water Ice Beneath the Martian Surface

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The Presence of Water Ice Has Major Implications for Colonization Efforts

Scientists at NASA found water beneath the surface of Mars. More than that, they say that it’s not even that far down. In fact, according to one researcher, Sylvain Piqueux, “You wouldn’t need a backhoe to dig up this ice. You could use a shovel.” The paper’s lead author and NASA JPL scientist continued, “We’re continuing to collect data on buried ice on Mars, zeroing in on the best places for Astronauts to land. 

Why Water Ice Matters

Of course, any living human that settles on Mars is going to have to have drinking water. But there are ways of recycling water in extraterrestrial environments, so the presence of water on the planet itself isn’t necessarily essential for life support. However, ice water is an essential component in the part of Mars exploration that requires colonists to make their own fuel while on the Red Planet. 

Water ice also acts as the main motivator for current efforts to return to the Moon. While there are some political forces that see a return to the Moon as a waste of time and money, it’s simply not true. Okay, there’s really only one political force that actually thinks that, but he’s kind of loud about it. Regardless of the politics, however, a return to the Moon is important for two main reasons. The first is that by landing on the moon first we can perfect the systems by which we’ll turn that water ice on Mars into fuel. The second is that the much shorter trip to the moon gives NASA a chance to test many of the systems that it will use to get to Mars at a safer distance. In other words, the Moon serves as an important proving ground for Martian colonization.

Colonization

Once humans do set foot on Mars, many of the resources they’ll depend on will have to be sourced right there from the Martian environment. NASA has already chosen and awarded contracts for 3D-printed habitats. They’ve also been studying how to grow crops and other resources. Water ice is absolutely necessary in order to create rocket fuel on Mars, though, so finding bodes very well for future colonists. It also means that in the more distant future, that fuel can be used to send spacecraft even further out into the solar system.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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