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Martians future drinking water spoted

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/11/huge-buried-wat.html
UPDATED:
http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-sci-mars22-2008nov22,0,2969994.story

This NASA computer graphic shows three craters in the eastern Hellas region of Mars containing concealed glaciers detected by radar. The left image shows how the surface looks today with the ice covered by a layer of Martian soil. The right image depicts the hidden glaciers. - LA.Times

This NASA computer graphic shows three craters in the eastern Hellas region of Mars containing concealed glaciers detected by radar. The left image shows how the surface looks today with the ice covered by a layer of Martian soil. The right image depicts the hidden glaciers. - LA.Times

This is hot.

Well – maybe – not so much.  But this is a very important discovery for future manned exploration of the red planet.  Ice-water at less harsh, slightly warmer lattitudes closer to the equator is great news for NASA and future astronauts in line for the mission to mars.  Every pound of equipment and supplies you need to drag out thier increases the cost and complexity of the mission – if the ice on mars can be processed and used by future astronauts it would make the trip and even a colony more feasible.

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