A new study leads researchers to conclude that there is an extensive amount of water in the interior of Mars, a conclusion that is very different from earlier speculations. Astronomers discovered this by analyzing meteorites that originated from the surface of the planet.

In fact, the research suggests that the volume of water within the Martian mantle is similar to the volume of water in Earth’s upper mantle. In other words, there’s an equal amount of water on Mars, you just have to dig for it.

PhysOrg.com quotes researcher Erik Hauri as saying, "There has been substantial evidence for the presence of liquid water at the Martian surface for some time, so it’s been puzzling why previous estimates for the planet’s interior have been so dry. This new research makes sense and suggests that volcanoes may have been the primary vehicle for getting water to the surface."

So when are we leaving? We should be traveling freely in space by now, so why aren’t we? In 1998, a mysterious man that Whitley Strieber calls the Master of the Key burst into his hotel room in Toronto and told him all kinds of things he didn’t know, one of which was the provocative statement that we are stuck on this planet because the parents of the child who would have given us the ability to travel into space was killed in the holocaust!

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