The red planet might have more habitable space than the world we live in, a new study says.

Fans of epic Mars-based sci-fi novels, from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Kim Stanley Robinson, got some more Red Planet-based reading material to fire their imaginations Monday. A comprehensive survey from the Australian National University that suggests there is tons of room for life on Mars to exist in.

Granted, much of that room is in caves just below the planet’s surface, and much of that life will likely be microbes rather than little green men. But here’s the kicker — fully 3% of Mars has the right conditions to support life, the researchers say. Mashable

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