September 30th, 2013
06:30 PM ET

On Mars and thirsty? Drink from the dirt

Mars might appear dry as a desert, but astronauts may someday be able to tap its soil to quench their thirst. Research recently published suggests that the dust from the Martian's surface contains about 2% water by weight.

This is one of several insights emerging from data that the Mars rover Curiosity has been collecting. Five studies in the journal Science were published last week based on data from the rover's first 100 days on the Red Planet.

Thanks to Curiosity, scientists now know more than ever about the composition of the Martian soil.

"It's the first time that the soil has been analyzed at this level of accuracy," said Chris Webster, manager of NASA's Planetary Sciences Instruments Office.

Read more about the latest fascinating findings from Mars
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  1. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Doesn't Roem every get weary of stealing other people's names and posting his ailments under them? Can't Roem go see his pediatrician?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem ever get tired of being subersive and trying to trash his betters? Does Roem never look into the mirror to see what true hypocrisy looks like?

    September 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem understand that his all out obsession with the lives of others is a symptom of his profound illness?

    September 30, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem realize that having a rich fantasy life is supposed to be translated into the bedroom and not on a news blog board?

    September 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem realize that his pizza obsession outs him every time? And in more ways than one?

    September 30, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem have a different name for every voice in his head?

    September 30, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Hmmm @ rupert, so you're sayin you are "pimp dummy?"

    September 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol @ stuart and i should care why? Mr im always so respectful to women called me a garden utinsel so pardon me if i dont give 2 sh!ts if hes calmed down or not! Hes a horses patoot!

    September 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Hes just lucky banasy and i havent decided to take a road trip! Bout time he learned some manners. Hey maybe we will and we can bring Rascal so she can show him how to comb his hair too lmao! Yup that would be on heckuva road trip all right!

    September 30, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Government shutdown begins NOW!

    October 1, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Laziest, most unproductive Congress in the history of the USA! Thank you Tea Party idgets!

    October 1, 2013 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
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