Reply to post: And it's another step closer to Mars Direct...

Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER


And it's another step closer to Mars Direct...

So, plentiful water, not that hard to get to...

The first Mars mission will bring hydrogen, to combine with the Martian atmosphere, to get methane and oxygen to fuel the Earth-Return vehicle. The first crew will probably use drilling equipment (probably delivered separately by Falcon Heavy) to drill (not that deep, it seems) offer a supply of water which will become, in time, methane & oxygen for fuel, methanol & oxygen for rovers, and ethylene for plastic feedstock.

Ethlene gets you plastic domes and a whole range of useful plastics.

If we could find some useful metals (Mars has them) in close proximity to the water and you've got humanity's first base...

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