April 6, 2011

Martian Fog Produces 'Diamond Dust'

Brian Handwerk, National Geographic


Nights on Mars are shrouded in icy fog that turns to scattered precipitation, according to a new study of weather near the red planet's north pole.

The finding marks the first time that fog has been directly observed on the neighboring world, adding to evidence that modern Mars experiences a type of ongoing water cycle akin to Earth's.

Scientists probed the Martian fog using NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. The craft touched down on Mars in May 2008—during the planet's late northern summer—and collected data for about five months before Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Water Cycle, Ice, Fog, Water, Mars


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