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Mars Probe Data Shows The Red Planet Is Hiding Water Where There Shouldn't Be Any

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Mars Probe Data Shows The Red Planet Is Hiding Water Where There Shouldn't Be Any
Nobody understands how this is possible.

PETER DOCKRILL
17 AUG 2017
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A closer look at data from NASA's oldest functional Mars orbiter has thrown up a puzzling result scientists didn't see coming: the Red Planet is hiding water ice where there shouldn't be any.

A reanalysis of readings sourced by the Mars Odyssey probe reveals substantial amounts of water ice buried just under the Martian surface around the Red Planet's equator – but given what we know about Mars's climate, that shouldn't be possible.

A team led by planetary scientist Jack Wilson from Johns Hopkins University reevaluated previous measurements taken by the Odyssey's Neutron Spectrometer tool, which gauges the presence of hydrogen close to the surface of Mars.

One of the Odyssey's primary research objectives is to find water on the Red Planet, but the probe can't measure water directly from its lofty orbit altitude of some 3,800 km (2,400 miles).


Mars Probe Data Shows The Red Planet Is Hiding Water Where There Shouldn't Be Any

Plenty of water for a colony!
 

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Why wouldn't it be possible? The whole planet is a frozen wasteland and we know there is plenty of (frozen) water on the planet.
 

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