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Where did the water go on Mars? Maybe it’s right under our noses: Up to 99% may still be in planet’s crust

Up to 99 per cent of the water once in the ancient lakes and oceans on Mars is trapped in the planet’s crust and was not lost to space, according to a study in Science this week.

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory reckon the water has been sucked into minerals in the Red Planet’s crust. This suggestion is at odds with the current accepted theory that pretty much all the moisture evaporated and floated away after Mars lost its atmosphere billions of years ago.