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[Blog] Consumable Water on Mars Confirmed by Opportunity and Curiosity

30 Sep 2013, 15:07 UTC
[Blog] Consumable Water on Mars Confirmed by Opportunity and Curiosity
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By Nicole WillettRed Planet Pen, Issue #18Several papers have been published regarding the findings of Curiosity’s first few month’s on the surface of Mars. The findings are of great importance with regard to water. The rover has confirmed an incredible two percent of the surface soil is composed of water. Scientists said if humans were to land on Mars, they could scoop up soil and heat it up and extract water from it. Estimates suggest that approximately two pints of water is available per cubic foot of soil. This is an astonishing discovery. The benefits for humans that wish to travel to and settle on the Martian surface are immense. NASA stated water is likely spread across the entire planet bound to the soil. The implications of this finding make it much more likely that humans will be able to inhabit the Red Planet in the near future. It also opens up more of the planet for human landing places and settlement opportunities.Original blog published June 9, 2013:As we anxiously await the results of the latest drill sample from the Curiosity Rover, we have received exciting news from the long lived Opportunity Rover team. Steve Squyres, who will be the ...

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