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Monday, September 11, 2006



Martian Clouds

Clouds on mars
Clouds on mars
Credit: NASA
Noctilucent clouds thought to only exist on Earth were detected by the Mars Express orbiter. These clouds thought to only exist on Earth have now been detected on Mars. It is thought that these clouds form with the help of extramartian dust hitting the planet's atmosphere. If instead of water crystals, as is in Earth's Noctilicent clouds, there were ice; it would explain the Mariner 6 and 7 results of CO2 ice in the atmosphere. Mars Express' SPICAM spectrometer has confirmed these findings. It is not known at this time if the process of their creation.

(More info: New Scientists)


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