Scientists have found the presence of thick ice deposit in Mars, near the middle latitude areas of the planet, which could support future missions from earth.
This was found as they analysed pictures from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) of NASA.
According to a report published on the US journal Science, there are eight sites where “nearly pure ice” is exposed along steep underground cliffs, which are unlike shallow ground ice and ice deposits near the planet’s poles that are long known to scientists.
The slopes, with deposits of ice whose depth varies between one to 100 metres, were on the northern and southern hemispheres.
Scientists are unclear about how the ice sheets whose bands of colours indicated that they were formed layer by layer have developed.