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    Default NASA finds easy-to-access water all over Mars

    https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/...sance-orbiter/

    NASA and private companies like SpaceX are busy planning Mars missions, but only have a vague idea of how they're going to find critical water supplies. Now, using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers have discovered abundant, easy-to-access H20. A survey found no less than eight sites where cliff erosion has exposed thick deposits of nearly pure ice that lie just three to six feet below rock and dust. The findings mean that future missions, both manned and robotic, may have an easier time than expected digging up water for drinking and making rocket fuel.


    As reported in the journal Science (paywall), the water was found in both the north and south of Mars, at latitudes equivalent to South America and Scotland. The exposed areas were found on scarps as steep as 55 degrees. Based on the absence of craters in the regions, scientists believe that the features formed relatively recently.

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    fascinating. . . i would have never thought it possible as a child, but now i seriously wonder if i'll live to see us find other life in our world. . . the odds are almost overwhelming that it IS out there. . . makes the head spin. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish View Post
    fascinating. . . i would have never thought it possible as a child, but now i seriously wonder if i'll live to see us find other life in our world. . . the odds are almost overwhelming that it IS out there. . . makes the head spin. . .
    Can we send some of the asshats from this planet there straight away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkie View Post
    Can we send some of the asshats from this planet there straight away?
    I think the UN is working on sending all those Kiwis there first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davii View Post
    I think the UN is working on sending all those Kiwis there first!
    I should think so too, seeing we have lost every rugby game to them valiantly since the 50s!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkie View Post
    Can we send some of the asshats from this planet there straight away?
    i have a long list ready!

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    Meh, Matt Damon discovered how to make water on Mars like 10 years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim View Post
    Meh, Matt Damon discovered how to make water on Mars like 10 years ago.
    Jason Bourne > NASA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish View Post
    fascinating. . . i would have never thought it possible as a child, but now i seriously wonder if i'll live to see us find other life in our world. . . the odds are almost overwhelming that it IS out there. . . makes the head spin. . .
    Uh, I think we've already discovered that, you moron!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davii View Post
    Jason Bourne > NASA?
    The Martian, Davii. Mark Watney.

    Jeez.

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    I find this be to pretty cool.

    That is all.
    I'm an angry and bitter person with no redeeming qualities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish View Post
    fascinating. . . i would have never thought it possible as a child, but now i seriously wonder if i'll live to see us find other life in our world. . . the odds are almost overwhelming that it IS out there. . . makes the head spin. . .
    It's only a matter of time. As for intelligent life, that's a different story. Some think already have, or moreso they found us. Either way, a superior spacefaring race would likely have to want us to find it or choose to willingly reveal themselves, simply because of the technology gap. If they wanted to stay hidden, they likely wouldn't have much of a problem with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy! View Post
    It's only a matter of time. As for intelligent life, that's a different story. Some think already have, or moreso they found us. Either way, a superior spacefaring race would likely have to want us to find it or choose to willingly reveal themselves, simply because of the technology gap. If they wanted to stay hidden, they likely wouldn't have much of a problem with it.
    honestly, i'm talking about any life, even micro-organisms. . . you're almost certainly correct on the latter part. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfish View Post
    honestly, i'm talking about any life, even micro-organisms. . . you're almost certainly correct on the latter part. . .
    I follow. I'd bet money we have evidence of "life" likely starting with micro-organisms by 2030.
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    I don't get the fascination with the concept of colonizing a barren planet.

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