Emily Lakdawalla • March 31, 2009
I got an email late yesterday from David Kass, one of the members of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mars Climate Sounder team, forwarding a report he had just issued to the rest of the orbiter's science and operations teams. In brief: over the last few days Mars Climate Sounder has detected sharply rising temperatures in some regions of the atmosphere, strong indications that normal regional dust activity in the south is escalating into what may now be a planet-encircling dust event.
(If you're wondering why David contacted me with this update, it's because The Planetary Society is the official education outreach partner on the Mars Climate Sounder investigation -- read all about the instrument, how it works, and what it's been observing over the last one and a third Mars years on our website here.)Read the full story on the development of what may be the 2009 dust storm season's first big event here.
Solar System Specialist for The Planetary SocietyRead more articles by Emily Lakdawalla
Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.
Help advance robotic and human space exploration, defend our planet, and search for life.