The water could be used for drinking and potentially conversion into oxygen to breathe.
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Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a source of water that could sustain future human outposts. While scientists already knew that about a third of the surface of Mars contains shallow ground ice and that its poles harbor major ice deposits, the research published Thursday described thick underground ice sheets exposed along slopes up to 100 meters tall at Mars' middle latitudes.The findings showed that ice may be more available than previously known for use as water to support future robotic or human exploration missions, perhaps even the establishment of a permanent Mars base.
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