SUMMARY: Data gathered by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey spacecraft show evidence that the Red Planet might be coming out of a recent ice age. Unlike on Earth, an ice age on Mars happens when the poles warm up and water vapour can escape to lower latitudes on the planet. Scientists examined global patterns of landscape shapes and near-surface ice levels and found that a covering of ice and dust covered the surface to latitudes as low as 30 degrees - and it's currently on the retreat. They believe this ice age happened just 400,000 to 2.1 million years ago.

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