Global wind patterns on Mars have been mapped for the first time by scientists who have been studying the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere. The team had to remotely re-program NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft which has been in orbit around Mars since 2013 in order to capture the data needed for the study. Researchers from the University of Maryland Baltimore measured the atmosphere for two days per month over the course of two years from 2016 to 2018. They found that the circulation patterns of the winds in the upper atmosphere were vary stable from season to season but that wasn’t the case for shorter-term winds. The team say the information from Mars will help inform similar studies on Earth, and help us better understand planetary climate. Scroll down for video Global wind patterns on Mars have been mapped for the first time by scientists who have been studying the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere (NASA image) Early Mars would have had a much thicker atmosphere, closer to that of the Earth and would likely have had liquid water on the surface (NASA artist image) ‘On Mars, the average circulation is steady, but if you take a snapshot at any given time, the winds are… Read full this story
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