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

    @ dwayne..camacho
    U like toys???

    September 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rupert

    @ dwayne..camacho
    I havent had it!

    September 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rupert

    There is a special store dwayne...camacho.
    The toys have up to th ree speeds
    Want one. I can get u one

    September 30, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rupert

    So anyway. A priest and a rabbi walk into a bar and

    September 30, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rupert

    Dwayne..camacho???
    No fun with u gone. Text me???.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rupert

    Ok. Im sorry.
    Sorry bobcat. We ♥ u.

    September 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Is Roem speculating on other men due to his own insecurities about his manhood?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem depend on "toys" due to his failed marraiges and relationships?

    September 30, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem imagine everyone shares in his predilections?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Roem think having a feminine character makes him more masculine?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rupert

    It is incredible how the rover continues to fascinate scientists with so much news about a planet so far away.
    Funny, this article has induced my desire for a tall ice cold glass of water; from earth of course. Lol

    September 30, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. rupert

    The information on this article kept my attention. As for my troll as well as the Camacho troll, please grow up. Maybe a teen or better yet, a pre-teen chat room is more suited for the both of you.

    September 30, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Does Rupert Roem think he is fooling anyone with his sudden foray into literacy and his "my troll" nonsense? Does Roem think people don't know he is a regular in pre-teen chatrooms?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Is Roem so thin-skinned that he cannot take what he dishes out to people each and every day for his own demented amusement?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho

    Will Roem seek help for his anal fixation? For his Oedipus complex?

    September 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
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