NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered a large amount of water beneath Buckskin Rock in the Marias Pass.
Despite appearances the barren, desolate sands of Mars are actually not as dry as they seem.
Thanks to its on-board drilling apparatus the rover, which arrived on Mars in 2012, has this week uncovered a hidden water deposit located only a short distance beneath the surface of the planet.
The discovery was made using the rover’s Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) tool, an active/passive neutron spectrometer which works by looking for the hydrogen in water molecules.
“The ground about one meter beneath the rover in this area holds three or four times as much water as the ground anywhere else Curiosity has driven during its three years on Mars
The find is very promising as it offers further evidence to suggest that the conditions on Mars were once a lot more favorable than they are today and that life may have been able to survive there.