March 1, 2024

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The water ice buried at Mars' equator is more than two miles thick

The water ice buried at Mars' equator is more than two miles thick

The European Space Agency (ESA) probe found enough water to cover the planet's surface Mars It's about 4.9 to 8.9 feet (1.5 to 2.7 meters) deep, buried in dusty ice beneath the planet's equator.

The discovery was made by the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission, a veteran spacecraft that has been involved in science operations around Mars for 20 years now. While this is not the first time evidence of ice has been found near the Red Planet's equator, this new discovery is by far the largest amount of water ice discovered there to date and appears to match previous discoveries of frozen water on Mars.