Martian water loss is strongly contributed even by local dust storms

New study describes a mechanism which contributes to the water loss on Mars. New data come from three orbital probes MRO, MAVEN and TGO.

MissionTimingStatus
missions icon MRO 12. 8. 2005 Ongoing
missions icon MAVEN 18. 11. 2013 Ongoing
missions icon Trace Gas Orbiter 14. 3. 2016 Ongoing



Summary

  • Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and water on its surface.
  • Long time ago the planet dried up.
  • One of the mechanisms, that contributed to the water loss were dust storms, which can envelope the whole planet.
  • New research shows, that also local dust storms contribute to this process.
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