Rodwell Approach
Developing a Rodriguez well on Mars will likely have three major steps. The first step is to drill though the overlying material that is insulating and protecting the ice deposit. The second step is to drill a short distance into the ice to provide a supporting roof for the water chamber that is form by recirculating heated water in an initial pool. The third step is routine operations that occurs once a stable water pool has formed and water can be extracted for surface use.

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