(ORDO NEWS) — Mars has one eternal mystery, but NASA plans to solve it soon. And each of us is able to help the agency in this.
NASA is calling on all those who are not indifferent to space to participate in their new project to unravel the greatest mystery of Mars – why is there such a rarefied atmosphere on the Red Planet?
The new project invites interested people to help NASA scientists figure out why the atmospheric pressure on the surface of Mars is almost 200 times less than on Earth.
This question intrigues scientists, as many observations indicate that Mars once had a much denser atmosphere.
The eternal mystery of Mars
“The air pressure here is so low that liquid water simply evaporates from the surface of the planet into the atmosphere,” NASA officials say.
“But billions of years ago, lakes and rivers covered Mars, which means that its atmosphere was denser then.” Now scientists are serious about finding out why this happened.
A key part of the study will involve trying to figure out what causes Martian clouds to form, especially water ice clouds, which could tell scientists how much water vapor enters the atmosphere—and in what seasons, the agency said.
NASA does not expect project participants to come up with complex scientific theories on this subject (although NASA would love to hear from you and your ideas).
Scientists offer to join the Cloudspotting on Mars project and analyze images to identify Martian clouds.
According to the authors of the project, the participants will have to analyze the data collected over 16 years of observations.
Collected by NASA’s Mars Climate Sounder (MCS) on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, this “very valuable” data will allow scientists to see how temperatures and cloud cover change over the seasons from year to year.
There are so many pictures that scientists themselves will definitely not be able to cope, and existing neural networks are not yet ready for cloud classification.
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