a joint European and Russian mission, Mars just below the surface “significant amount of water” discovered and scientists announced that this reserve can be easily used by future explorers.
Valles Marineris, the largest canyon in our Solar System, lies just south of Mars’ equator.
Valles Marineris is about 10 times longer and five times deeper than the Grand Canyon on Earth.
TRT NewsThe satellite detected large amounts of hydrogen less than a meter below the canyon’s surface, and while hydrogen molecules bind to water molecules, the discovery showed that the soil in that area was rich in moisture, which likely existed as ice.
Alexey Malakhov from the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, “We found that a central portion of Valles Marineris is filled with water. That’s a lot more water than we expected. This is very similar to Earth’s permafrost regions, where water ice is permanently trapped under dry soil due to the constant low temperatures.” said.
The discovery isn’t the first water sign on Mars. Glaciers cover the polar regions, and previous ESA missions have found potential reservoirs of water several kilometers below its surface.
However, the latest finding is that water is much more “workable” reveals that and “Valles Marineris is an even more promising target for future human exploration missions to the planet” makes it.