2 thoughts on “Interested In Water On Mars?”

  1. “Where all that water is now remains the main question. It appears much of it is still there, locked either in an underground frozen water table (labeled an ice table by geologists), or at the poles.

    The goal for future colonists will be to find the places where it will be most easily accessible.”

    I would say the goal of NASA exploration, should be to find such places, so we get human settlements on Mars. Colonists of course will be doing most of the exploration of Mars, and will doing this for centuries.
    But access to abundant and cheaper water, will be a key element that will allow colonist to come to Mars -go to some particular place on Mars which would a good location for a town which could grow into a city.

  2. They need to hurry up. It’ll be more efficient if BFS missions can be used to establish a base from the beginning, rather than abandoning tons of structures, equipment, and supplies after each mission.

    Once a base is well-established, and particularly if it has plentiful power and water, a couple of modified/dedicated BFSes (so you always have a backup for rescue missions) can be used for suborbital hops to anywhere on the planet, fueled with cracked Martian water and air.

    The alternative for long-range exploration would be RV-sized rovers (large enough to be possibly nuclear-powered). I don’t think SpaceX has released cargo bay dimensions for BFS yet, though.

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