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(MIT)   If you can't get to Mars to study its clouds, just bring Mars clouds to Earth   (web.mit.edu ) divider line
    More: Cool, cirrus clouds, Earth, Martians, Opportunity rover, atmospheric chemistry, ice crystals, Journal of Geophysical Research, weather  
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2013-10-16 06:20:26 PM  
"they discovered that cloud formation in such conditions required adjusting the chamber's relative humidity to 190 percent "

Awesome. Those scientists are giving 110% effort.
 
Skr
2013-10-16 06:22:59 PM  
cool article. 190% humidity seems rather odd.

/I was distracted by the Metroid in the "Today's News" side bar

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2013-10-16 06:30:32 PM  
Last time that happened we ended up with all this life and shiat on Earth
 
2013-10-16 07:07:33 PM  
This is how Andromeda Strain started....
 
2013-10-16 07:32:56 PM  
"Get your ass to Mars."

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2013-10-16 08:42:13 PM  
It's not the heat, it's the humidity.
 
2013-10-16 09:59:51 PM  
So the take away from this is that there's lots of water vapor in the Martian atmosphere to allow clouds to form at such low temperatures?
 
2013-10-16 10:04:59 PM  
Hmmmm, trying to re-create Mars conditions here Earth?

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2013-10-16 10:19:34 PM  
Well why not, I can simulate gas giant atmospheres in my underwear.
 
2013-10-17 12:15:08 AM  
Right, bring the waters of Mars to Earth. What can possibly go wrong?
 
2013-10-17 01:00:59 AM  

baronbloodbath: "Get your ass to Mars."

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"Get your clouds from Mars."
 
2013-10-17 02:49:41 AM  
Why not bring Mars to my ass?
 
2013-10-17 03:51:34 AM  

Frederf: Why not bring Mars to my ass?


LOL
 
2013-10-17 06:35:27 AM  

Frederf: Why not bring Mars to my ass?


Bring it to your ass? I thought candy went straight to the ass by itself?
 
2013-10-17 07:10:40 AM  

DerAppie: Frederf: Why not bring Mars to my ass?

Bring it to your ass? I thought candy went straight to the ass by itself?


Internally, yes.
 
2013-10-17 10:14:42 AM  
Leave my farking clouds alone man.
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2013-10-17 10:19:23 AM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: So the take away from this is that there's lots of water vapor in the Martian atmosphere to allow clouds to form at such low temperatures?


It doesn't really make sense, does it?  The temperature is too low for ice to form?  I have to believe that the real issue is the low pressure, Mars' atmospheric pressure is at or below the triple point of water.  So liquid water does not exist and I guess water ice must sublimate away unless the humidity is very high.

You'd think MIT's news office would have better writers.
 
2013-10-17 04:00:43 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: So the take away from this is that there's lots of water vapor in the Martian atmosphere to allow clouds to form at such low temperatures?


Meh, old news. It's already been confirmed that mars has a ridiculously wet atmosphere. the unique conditions lead to greater saturation of the atmosphere with moisture than can be had on earth. The interesting takeaway from this is that it might be relatively easy to create super rainstorms on mars.
 
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