Friday, October 03, 2008

Snow swirls in Mars atmosphere

The first astronauts to visit Mars may pass through snow flurries as they descend on the Red Planet's surface. According to a report at New Scientist, NASA's Phoenix Lander detected snow 2.5 miles above the Marian surface using its lidar detector. Lidar? Yeah. It's like radar, but it uses laser light instead of radio waves to detect things.

Don't plan on astronauts building martian snowmen. Reason one, the snow vaporizes before it can make it to the ground. Reason two, Republicans in congress would use an episode like that to show how wasteful the space program is. It could be the last time America sends a man or woman into space.

(Artist concept of Phoenix Lander courtesy NASA)

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.