Every Spring a Single Cloud Forms at one of Mars’ Tallest Mountains and Only Lasts for a few Hours

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Every Spring a Single Cloud Forms at one of Mars’ Tallest Mountains and Only Lasts for a few Hours

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Sometimes even forgotten pieces of technology can lead to completely new science. That was the case recently when scientists at the University of the Basque Country used an almost forgotten camera on the Mars Express to take a breathtaking video of a recurring cloud on the top of Arsia Mons.

Scientists have known of the cloud’s existence for a number of years. However, due to the eccentricities of the orbits of Martian satellites and the Martian climate, it has been impossible to consistently image the cloud well enough to make sense of it. Mysteries abound, including why it only appears over Arsia Mons and none of the other volcanoes in the region. Why does it appear only in springtime? And why does it fade so quickly?

Read more: https://www.universetoday.com/150627/ev ... few-hours/
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