Huge reserves of water ice discovered on Mars could speed manned missions

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Mars is still in NASA's sights for a possible future manned mission, and a new study finds that when those astronauts land, they may have limitless access to water. The study uses new Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data and images to show a 100-meter-thick ice sheet that's just under the planet's surface — in some cases, merely a meter beneath the Martian sands. This Quartz story on the findings highlights how the ice sheets could hold a record of Mars' climate. James Wray, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, contributed to the study, as did Lujendra Ojha, a former Tech researcher who led the 2015 study offering evidence of flowing water on Mars. Ojha is now at Johns Hopkins University.

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College of Sciences, EAS

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Aerospace
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College of Sciences, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, James Wray, Lujendra Ojha, Mars, Water, ice sheets, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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  • Created On: Jan 12, 2018 - 1:05pm
  • Last Updated: Jan 12, 2018 - 3:10pm