Originally Posted by AlecRaenos
The big news is not that they found water on Mars. We have known there is water on Mars for about 2 decades, all trapped in ice under carbon-dioxide-ice at the poles.
The big news is that they found hydrogen-ice under the surface that gives to the liklihood that water-ice is also under the surface of Mars.
This is not big news because of water. Its where its located. See if all the water was merely at the poles, that makes colonization of Mars difficult at the equator. But if water is under the surface on a lot or even just a partial amount of the surface area, then colonization does not have to be restricted to the polar regions AND further exploring of a greater area is possible.
If explorers can build a habitat there, and manage a well to get to the water-ice under the surface, it can be melted and pumped up to the surface. Fresh, clean water. Cold too! It extends the range at which we will be able to build temporary settlements in the future. This is good news and Im glad you found this Spider.
I agree Alec , this is a bit far fetched ,but if we could seed the Martian clouds , perhaps we could get a water cycle going , nothing as complex as here on earth , but enough to replace the water we do use