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The Biggest Discover In the History of Humanity - Curiosity Rover Makes Big Water Discovery in Mars Dirt, a 'Wow Moment'

dryson

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Report this Sep. 26 2013, 2:58 pm

Future Mars explorers may be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests.


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight. That means astronaut pioneers could extract roughly 2 pints (1 liter) of water out of every cubic foot (0.03 cubic meters) of Martian dirt they dig up, said study lead author Laurie Leshin, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.


"For me, that was a big 'wow' moment," Leshin told SPACE.com. "I was really happy when we saw that there's easily accessible water here in the dirt beneath your feet. And it's probably true anywhere you go on Mars."


http://www.space.com/22949-mars-water-discovery-curiosity-rover.html


With the Martian soil being able to releae 2 pints of water for every cubic foot .03 cubic meters could mean that Mars might have had been a low lying wet lands type of planet prior to the lakes and rivers drying up.


Since there is this amount of water present in the soil a simple project of placing panels under the soil that when heated up would release the evaporating water into the atmosphere where a Jerry LeBleue Drought Master would collect and filter the water for human use.


The next greatest challenge is to develop cheap equipment that is able to extract the Martian water for consumption and irrigation use which should be the next big challenge for 21st century.

FleetAdmiral_BamBam

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Report this Sep. 27 2013, 7:55 am

Wow - very cool...  I woiuldn't be surprised if we find some aquifers too.

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Report this Oct. 05 2013, 11:09 am

The only problem though is that because the Martian soil is above a certain temperature the perchlorates in the Martian soil release a chemical that kills the organic and organic processes in the soil. With the perchlorates releasing the chemical that kills off the organic and organic processes then any water found would be contaiminated with the chemical.


The first goal before looking for aquifiers which are most likely present a few hundred meters below the surface of Mars is build a system that would reduce the soil temperature of Mars to a temperature where the perchlorates would stop releasing the organic killing chemical.


Once the perchlorates had been "turned off" then the organic process might begin to take form on Mars where microbial and plant life would begin to form around the greatest sources of water that would then lead us to where the aquifiers were located.


Total Recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger pretty much had the process right at the end of the movie where all of the water on Mars was kept in a large mountain where Empire States building sized heaters were then used to vaporize the ice into steam. The steam although hot at the beginning would then cool very rapidly where once the water vapor reached the ground the water would make the perchlorates soluable.


Here is something to think about when discussing the Mars issue on what may have happened.


Perchlorates are very reactive  Most perchlorate compounds, especially salts of electropositive metals such as sodium perchlorate or potassium perchlorate, are slow to react unless heated.


They are slow to react unless heated. So lets suppose that at one time Mars was just like the Earth is now. Something occured that caused the EM Field around Mars to collapse where the UV rays of the Sun were able to interact with the Perchlorates in the Martian soil. The perchlorates then heated up to the point of releasing energy much the same way that a flare, which are made using perchlorates. The once furtile and green Martian landscape is then burnt to a cinder. Once all of the flora and fauna had been burnt to a cinder there would have been nothing to keep the erosion of the soil due to the high winds on Mars from being constantly carried from one location to another.


There may be organics deep underground where the UV rays of the Sun not able to reach to heat the perchlorates up to the point of igniting or releasing their toxic chemicals.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perchlorate


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