Jump to content
Join the Unexplained Mysteries community today! It's free and setting up an account only takes a moment.
- Sign In or Create Account -

New Study Reveals Solar Heat to be the Likely Cause of Dust Storms on Mars


Still Waters
 Share

Recommended Posts

Posted (IP: Staff) ·

Mars is well-known for its seasonal dust storms, which can sometimes grow to encompass the entire planet.

In June 2018, the dust storms became so severe that they obscured most of the planet's surface, causing NASA to lose contact with Opportunity, which eventually proved fatal to the record-breaking rover.

Understanding these storms and what causes them is critical to ensuring that solar-powered robotic missions continue to operate and future crewed missions can remain safe.

Specifically, scientists are looking for seasonal changes (i.e., changes in absorbed solar energy and temperature increases) that trigger dust storms and cause them to combine and grow.

In a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Houston, they could result from seasonal energy imbalances in the amount of solar energy absorbed and released by the planet.

These findings could lead to a new understanding of the red planet's climate and atmosphere.

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-think-they-know-what-causes-mars-s-planet-encompassing-dust-storms

https://newsroom.usra.edu/new-study-reveals-solar-heat-to-be-the-likely-cause-of-dust-storms-on-mars/

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.