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

    Does Roem realize that juvenile antics are self-defeating?

    September 30, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Doesn't Roem realize the depth of his illness?

    September 30, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think he's really anonymous and that his actions will have consequences?

    September 30, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think that this behavior becoming of a 44 year old man?

    September 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think that decent people should have to be subjected to his sick fantasies daily?

    September 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think his daily written assaults on people amuse anyone except himself? Is he really that ill that he has to attack the bloggers to make himself feel relevant?

    September 30, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    so screamin' at someone "eat dirt and die!" doesn't work on mars... 🙁

    September 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    poor ting...probally don't know how to comb his hair...

    September 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rupert

    Is be a blacks man. Gonna shuffle on down and call the po lease on u

    September 30, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rupert

    I eats fried chicken and water melen.
    Banasy. She be my bl ack woman

    September 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rupert

    Wes watch soul train

    September 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    I play baskekball
    I is good.
    Give me five ne ga

    September 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you shuddah called child protectin' agency: your grandmaw is bad...grammar, too...and you don't kno hottercomb yahair!

      ....and herejah5 t'go and getcher haircut...

      September 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    I be a bla ck woman from the south
    I make and eats calardgreens
    Mmm. Mm. Best in alabama

    September 30, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Sup nega?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rupert

    Not much my b.
    Just hanging

    September 30, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
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