The Clouds of Mars

The Universe Today blog posts this mini-movie of clouds above the Phoenix lander.

The clouds are a dramatic visualization of the Martian water cycle. The water vapor comes off the north pole during the peak of summer. The northern-Mars summer has just passed its peak water-vapor abundance at the Phoenix site. The atmospheric water is available to form into clouds, fog and frost, such as the lander has been observing recently.

I wait for the day when we’ll get a glimpse of Titan’s weather from the surface eye of a probe. Another twenty, thirty years, most likely.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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