Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University
If we ever put people on Mars, we'll need lots of water, both for fuel and to drink. Thankfully, it turns out there's quite a bit of it on the Red Planet. We caught up with Cassie Stuurman, a planetary scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, who tells us about a massive ice deposit discovered in Utopia Planitia.
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Some call water the "oil of the solar system" because of its importance in our eventual exploration of other planets. Finding new sources and learning about how to access it plays a key role in our future. Using the SHARAD instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Cassie Stuurman and a team at University of Texas at Austin discovered a massive deposit of ice in the northern plains of Utopia Planitia. Cassie joins us to tell the tale of its discovery, characterization and importance.
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