The first pioneers on Mars may build their homes using the ice beneath their feet.
In November, a University of Texas research team reported that Mars' Utopia Planitia region contains about as much water, in the form of buried ice, as Lake Superior does here on Earth.
This ice layer, which spans a greater area than the state of New Mexico, lies in Mars' mid-northern latitudes and is covered by just 3 feet to 33 feet (1 to 10 meters) of soil, the scientists determined.
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Maybe they also should try this in Chicago, which recently was even colder than Mars:
I'm not going to Mars (or to Chicago either). Although some are likening Mars to a new frontier / great adventure, keep in mind that when Europeans came to plunder the New World it was a lush paradise compared to Mars, which is a barren, frozen wasteland. As Gertrude Stein once quipped about Oakland, "There's no there there".