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Unlocking Martian Water Cycle Mystery

2 Jul 2009, 18:38 UTC
Unlocking Martian Water Cycle Mystery NASA/JPL/Cornell
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According to the first findings from the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, snow and water-ice clouds play a crucial role in the exchange of water between the atmosphere and surface of Mars, which suggests that the Red Planet is even more like Earth than previously thought.

The surprise discovery of Martian snow in 2008 by the Canadian-built weather station on NASA’s Phoenix Mars lander helps explain how the water cycle on Mars behaves, especially the seasonal increase of the Martian polar caps in winter and their consequent shrinking in summer.

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