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. rupert

    Well good news. I know thats good water because ive never heard a martian complain about it.

    September 30, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    Look lumps on the surface of mars.
    They look like the pim.ple.s on banasys be hind

    September 30, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    More so on chrissys be hind

    September 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rupert

    Victoria likes older men.
    So we slept together

    September 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rupert

    Banasy and chrissy are high class call girls.
    I am their mgr or pmp

    September 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rupert

    Saywhat is a white collar criminal.
    He has $56000000 million in stolen bullion from the u.s. treasury
    Bobcat in a hat helped him

    September 30, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rupert

    Jeff frank from ohio lives in el paso tx.
    He is a computer hacker and earned $6000000 last year

    September 30, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rupert

    Dazzle lost her doctor license for making it with one of her patients.
    So now she is only a college professor

    September 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rupert

    Scottish mama is an irish dru.nk.
    She owns 3 apple bees in seattle washington.
    Her pre tax income last year was $345,896
    Her favirite drink is rum and coke

    September 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Thanks for going light on me Rupert.

      September 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    When will Roem be put away for his pedophilia?

    September 30, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rupert

    Vikingwoman is a madam in amsterdam.
    She made $15,000000 last year.

    September 30, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    Hi banasy.
    How bout a french kiss

    September 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rupert

    Banasy. Three things give u away.
    No. I will not tell u what they are.

    September 30, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rupert

    Im gonna shower. Spend time with my cats and dog.
    Then watch cnn news.
    I may come back later.
    Bye banasy. 🙂

    September 30, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rupert

    No! I am not roem jr or kenny
    Stop it

    September 30, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
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