Mining Water On Mars

“Scientists examined part of Mars’ Utopia Planitia region, in the mid-northern latitudes, with the orbiter’s ground-penetrating Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument. Analyses of data from more than 600 overhead passes with the onboard radar instrument reveal a deposit more extensive in area than the state of New Mexico. The deposit ranges in thickness from about 260 feet (80 meters) to about 560 feet (170 meters), with a composition that’s 50 to 85 percent water ice, mixed with dust or larger rocky particles.”
 
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Mars is a very inhospitable place by any standard. Just finding oxygen and water is tough there. Finding a large deposit of frozen water may solve both problems. Given enough energy water may be mined and converted to hydrogen and oxygen. It’s a start…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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2 Responses to Mining Water On Mars

  1. dougman says:

    I suggest we send oiaohm. If Matt Damon can farm potatoes there, a gangly looking Australian could surely pull it off.

  2. dougman says:

    Good luck walking there.

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