It is estimated, there is more ice on the surface of Mars.
Pole-pole of Mars is not the only possible place where water ice hiding in the planet. From the latest discovery, astronomers predict that the ice is also present in the craters around the equator of Mars.
This finding is touted to provide a significant impact on the planet Mars exploration in the future.Later, the ice is likely to be used as a connector to life when humans began to have an assigned there.
Using images taken by Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, David Shean, Planetary Geologist of Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego, United States said, it seems there are plenty of ice-rich material buried at the base of at least 38 craters in the region Sinus Sabaeus, which is near the equator of Mars.
“It is surprising that things like this do not realize before, though there are already hundreds of thousands of high resolution photographs taken during the last 15 years,” said Shean, as quoted from Space, February 2, 2011. “This is evidence that the planet Mars is full of surprises.”
From previous studies, estimated to save the Martian polar ice. However, the planet’s climate was too harsh for the survival of water. The air there is very thin so that if there is ice on the surface of the planet will soon evaporate.
“Since long time we’ve seen the pictures that showed that visible ice-rich material at the bottom of the crater at both poles of Mars,” said Shean. “Surprisingly, it turns out the same material was also found in the planet’s equator,” he said.
Shean says, if there is a buried ice at the equator, it seems important to keep records of past climate conditions of Mars who were eager to be analyzed by scientists.
Furthermore, Shean said, the equatorial region is much more interesting to be a destination for exploration in the future than the poles because it get more sunlight and warmer temperatures.
“Equator suitable for solar-powered cruise vehicle,” said Shean. “However, future exploration also requires water as a source of life support,” he said.
Findings of ice in the Martian equatorial region are presented in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.