• Question: is the water on mars drinkible?????

    Asked by lionalmessi to Anil, Blanka, Cees, Emma, Mike on 27 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Emma Trantham

      Emma Trantham answered on 27 Jun 2012:

      Oooh that’s a really good question!

      I guess it would depend on what rocks the water (which is found as ice) has previously run through or over. It might have picked up minerals that would be toxic to us.

      I wonder if any of the other scientists know more…

    • Photo: Blanka Sengerova

      Blanka Sengerova answered on 27 Jun 2012:

      An interesting question, and I’m not sure I’m able to add anymore to Emma’s sensible answer. The water itself will be the same as water on earth (i.e. H2O, two hydrogens and an oxygen), but its drinkability will depend on what is mixed in with it.