There is water on Mars. Water, and several other elements that would be important for sustaining life on the red planet. The discovery comes from NASA's rover Curiosity, as part of its mission to explore Mars.
"We now know there should be abundant, easily accessible water on Mars," Laurie Leshin, dean of science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said in a press release. Leshin is the lead author of a study explaining Curiosity's findings published today in the journal Science.
"When we send people, they could scoop up the soil anywhere on the surface, heat it just a bit, and obtain water," Leshin said.
The thing I love about Mars is that it's beginning to look more and more like a crime scene or, better yet, the body of a murdered person. The closer we look, the more we don't see a Red Planet but a dead one. Who killed Mars? How did it die? What a mystery.