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NASA challenges universities to find way to drill for Martian H2O @ecnonline @nasa

Teams from eight universities have taken up NASA's challenge to solve a Mars exploration dilemma – how to drill into large ice deposits and unearth water. “NASA’s philosophy for quite some time in selecting destinations for human exploration is to ‘follow the water’,” said Robert Moses, aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. “Results of our Mars mission campaign studies continue to illustrate how critically important the water is on Mars for making the fuels and crew consumables, including spare parts, needed on Mars and when returning to Earth. Any mission to Mars without the ability to access the water is simply unsustainable and too risky.” Recent discoveries of what are thought to be large ice deposits just under the surface of the Red Planet have NASA engineers working on ways to turn that ice into water, which would help allow a su...

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