Mars could have icy equator CNN

New satellite images from Mars strongly suggest that ground ice existed near the planet’s equator in the recent geologic past, a discovery that could boost prospects for finding evidence of extraterrestrial life, scientists announced this week. The high-resolution pictures, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor satellite, reveal bizarre landforms that likely formed due to the presence of frozen water just below the surface, University of Arizona researchers said. The ice could still be there today.