Finding water in outer space has become the focal point of a lot of recent projects, or at least that story is the one that most excited the public who sees space exploration as a means of discovering alien life. Somehow finding water has become the rosebud of all life in the universe, and this week it was announced that the Mars Curiosity Rover has discovered a significant amount of water on the red planet, with scientists estimating there are about two pints of water in every cubic foot of Martian soil. The water molecules are bound to other molecules in the planet's soil and aren't sitting around in big pools so it probably "doesn't have a very big bearing on the life on Mars discussion." And yet, we seem already to have decided that it has, because life outside of ourselves is what we are hoping for.
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