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How a Mars mission could ease California’s future droughts

James Temple
Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 10:09 AM ET
A rope float sits on the dry banks of the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach Park on February 21, 2014 in Healdsburg, California.
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A rope float sits on the dry banks of the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach Park on February 21, 2014 in Healdsburg, California.

For a glimpse at how arid stretches of the southwest might one day deal with droughts like the one gripping California, a good place to start is the NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of Silicon Valley.

At the Water Technology Development Lab, scientists are working on a daunting task: Making sure astronauts don't die of dehydration. That becomes a particularly tricky problem as NASA winds up for a three-year journey to and from Mars.

What does that have to do with a California drought? Everything.

Dealing with California's drought
CNBC's Jane Wells reports Miami, Los Angeles and San Diego are among the hot searches for vacation destinations. Also, President Obama will visit California to announce aid to the challenges facing farmers.

Read the whole story at Re/code.

By James Temple, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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