|09-30-2008, 01:35 AM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2002
It's snowing on Mars.
Hey, weren't the oil company shills trying to claim Mars was experiencing global warming?
Snow is the surprising forecast for Mars
NASA's Phoenix lander discovers ice crystals in clouds about two miles above the planet. 'Nothing like this has ever been seen on Mars,' says one scientist.
By John Johnson Jr., Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 30, 2008
The latest forecast on Mars calls for morning fog and swift-moving clouds -- along with light snow.
The surprising weather report was part of the latest scientific findings from NASA's Phoenix lander, which has been taking measurements at the Martian north pole since May 25.
At a press briefing Monday at NASA headquarters in Washington and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Caņada Flintridge, scientists said the discovery of snow on Mars was made
by an instrument that shined a laser into clouds about two miles above the ground, revealing the presence of ice crystals.
"Nothing like this has ever been seen on Mars," said Jim Whiteway, the lead scientist for the Canadian-designed Meteorological Station aboard the Phoenix lander. In coming weeks,
he said, scientists will be searching for evidence that the snow actually falls on the ground.
Even before Phoenix landed, scientists knew water-ice, along with ice made of carbon dioxide, accumulated on the ground in the northern latitudes during the harsh winter,
when temperatures plunge to minus 184 degrees Fahrenheit. But the discovery of snow in the atmosphere above the pole was a surprise.