NASA rover tracks cloud formation on Mars
NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has given an all new hope to the possibility of life on Mars with the discovery of clouds on the Mars atmosphere.
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Washington: NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has given an all new hope to the possibility of life on Mars with the discovery of clouds on the Mars atmosphere.
"Clouds are a part of the planet's climate system," Robert Haberle, a planetary scientist from the NASA Ames Research Center was quoted as saying by Astrobiology Magazine.
"Their behaviour tells us about winds and temperatures," he explained.
"Some studies suggest that clouds in the past may have significantly warmed the planet through a greenhouse effect. A warmer environment is more conducive to life," Haberle added.
Until now Curiosity's main focus was downwards, drilling into Mars rock and sampling dust within its on-board chemistry laboratory. But now it has shifted towards the skies.
In a recent series of images sent back from Mars, the NASA rover tracked a formation of clouds drift overhead, blown by high altitude winds.
Now, these drifting clouds will enable scientists understand better the weather patterns.
They will complement Curiosity's geology work while it continues to stitch together Mars' climatic history from clues locked in Marian rocks, Discovery News reported.
With Agency Inputs