Northern Hemisphere Ice on Mars

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Northern Hemisphere Ice on Mars

Post #1by chris » 27.06.2003, 19:06

Here's an interesting article on large deposits of water ice detected in northern regions of Mars:

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0306/26marsfrost/

The soil is 90% water in some places . . . But, here's the part that really caught my attention:

The Odyssey data are used to estimate the mass of the deposit, which can then be compared with the thickness to obtain a density. The dry ice layer appears to have a fluffy texture, like freshly fallen snow . . .


OK . . . if there wasn't adequate motivation to put humans on Mars, there certainly is now. Off to wax my snowboard . . . :D

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Re: Northern Hemisphere Ice on Mars

Post #2by Evil Dr Ganymede » 27.06.2003, 19:25

chris wrote:The Odyssey data are used to estimate the mass of the deposit, which can then be compared with the thickness to obtain a density. The dry ice layer appears to have a fluffy texture, like freshly fallen snow . . .

OK . . . if there wasn't adequate motivation to put humans on Mars, there certainly is now. Off to wax my snowboard . . . :D

--Chris


Just think of the extra thrust you'd get from the CO2 subliming because of the body heat coming through the snowboard ;)


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