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Blizzards on Mars strike at night

Mars researchers have long thought that because the water content of the martian atmosphere today is so low, any clouds that form will produce only modest precipitation. For example, in 2008 the Mars Phoenix lander detected falling snow from a … Continue reading

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Mars salts must touch ice to make liquid water

In chambers that mimic Mars’ conditions, researchers have shown how small amounts of liquid water could form on the planet despite its below-freezing temperatures. Mars is one of the very few places in the solar system where scientists have seen … Continue reading

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Can melting snow make small holes in Mars rocks?

Many rocks on the surface of Mars show pits and small holes. One way such pits can form is when gas-rich lava erupts; the pits, called “vesicles,” form when gas escapes from the lava as it’s cooling. Wind-driven sand can … Continue reading

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