Martian snow can melt

eAwaz Lifestyle

New York – A team of US scientists has developed a new approach to determine how dusty Mars ice really is, and whether it could melt. The team from Universities of Arizona State and Washington combined data from NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter with computer simulations to successfully match the brightness of Martian ice and determine its dust content. Their results have been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. “There is a chance that this dusty and dark ice might melt a few centimetres down. And any subsurface liquid water produced from melting will be protected from evaporating in Mars’ wispy atmosphere by the overlying blanket of ice,” said Aditya Khuller, a planetary scientist at Arizona State