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How a Mars mission could ease California’s future droughts

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.

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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