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Space   The atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner

A new research says that the weather on planet Mars is cloudy and sometimes the Red planet experiences turbulent snowstorms that occur only during the night time.

A new research says that the weather on planet Mars is cloudy and sometimes the Red planet experiences turbulent snowstorms that occur only during the night time.

The new findings of the journal, Nature Geoscience, mentioned that on Mars, ice-water particles swirl into a storm and hit the ground within minutes, rather than descending gently for hours, reported AFP.

The lead researcher said that future colonists from Earth don’t need to bother about packing snow shoes as it’s not that one can make a snowman or ski there.

Aymeric Spiga, an expert on the dynamics of planetary atmospheres at Universite Pierre Curie in Paris, said, “Standing on the surface of Mars you wouldn’t see a thick blanket of snow — more like a generous layer of frost”.

The research also mentions that the atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth’s. However, it is still thick enough to support weather along with clouds and wind. However, the moisture level on the planet is very little.

The journal states that the Red Planet is essentially a bone-cold desert with virtually no liquid water on its surface. But there’s water ice under a layer of dust at the Martian arctic.

NASA’s Phoenix lander detected this in 2008 about the Martian arctic when it scraped below the planet’s surface with a shovel.


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