Researchers have discovered a breathtaking ice lake on the red planet. It’s located “in an unnamed crater on the plains of the Vastitas Borealis in Mars’ Northern polar region.” The humans being sent on the Mars One mission in 2022 will most likely get to see this lake in-person. Continue reading for another picture and more information.
The highly visible ice lake is sitting in a crater which is 35 km (23 miles) wide, with a maximum depth of about two km (1.2 miles). Scientists believe the water-ice is present all year round because the temperature and pressure are not sufficient to allow it to change states. Researchers studying the images are sure it is not frozen carbon dioxide (CO2), because CO2 ice had already disappeared from the north polar cap at the time the image was taken.