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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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. banasy

    No jive?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    I jive u not.

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

    @ rupert. U the man.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rupert

    @ rascal. What?
    I dont understand advanced ebonics
    Sorry charley.
    But hey. U the man.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Blocked

    September 30, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Rupert Roem think projecting his racist behavior onto others is funny?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    but gettin' back todahpoliceman he's just as bad as the bra jiggling cop....uh ma'am can you please shake whatchamomma gaveyah?...what do yoocops have against whytewomen and people of color???

    September 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think being an internet bully is a worthy legacy to pass down to his child and grandchild?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rupert

    @ rascal. Wow. Wish i could right like that

    September 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    To put it in perspective, Earth soil is typically 15 % water or higher. Less that 10 % would be considered dry.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rupert

    @ dwayne....camacho.
    Meet u at days inn to umff all night long
    Rascal can film it with his smart phone

    September 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    @ bombo. U sir are correct.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think his deceased mother would approve of the misogynistic things he regularly posts about women?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rupert

    @ dwayne...camacho
    U want girth or length.
    Banasy likes girth since paul is so short

    September 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Is there no level of depravity Roem will not sink to?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
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