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A new “water map” of Mars could offer new clues about the planet’s past — and possible landing sites for the future.

Researchers from the European Space Agency (ESA) spent ten years developing the map based on data collected by two Mars orbiters.

They found hundreds of thousands of areas of watery mineral deposits, created by interactions between rock and water.

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Because the minerals still contain water molecules, they can show locations where we can extract water for human bases on the planet.

These outcrops could also be ideal locations to investigate whether life ever started on Mars.

World Map of Hydrated Minerals on Mars