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ESA: Mystery Mars Plume Baffles Scientists

Post by bystander » Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:59 pm

Mystery Mars Plume Baffles Scientists
European Space Agency | Space Science | 2015 Feb 16

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.

On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet.

The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above the same region of Mars on both occasions. By comparison, similar features seen in the past have not exceeded 100 km. ...

The features developed in less than 10 hours, covering an area of up to 1000 x 500 km, and remained visible for around 10 days, changing their structure from day to day.

None of the spacecraft orbiting Mars saw the features because of their viewing geometries and illumination conditions at the time. ...

But one set of Hubble images from 17 May 1997 revealed an abnormally high plume, similar to that spotted by the amateur astronomers in 2012.

Scientists are now working on determining the nature and cause of the plumes by using the Hubble data in combination with the images taken by amateurs. ...

The jury is still out on the nature and genesis of these curious high-altitude martian plumes. Further insights should be possible following the arrival of ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter at the Red Planet, scheduled for launch in 2016.

An extremely high-altitude plume seen at Mars’ morning terminator - A. Sánchez-Lavega et al
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Re: ESA: Mystery Mars Plume Baffles Scientists

Post by BMAONE23 » Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:04 pm

Perhaps irregular CO2 geyser activity, similar to the tiger stripe region on Enceladus. Does this phenom. continue sporadically in the same region/latitude?

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Post by Jan Grootenboer » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:13 am

Possible Meteorite Impacts, which may be verified by the "Armada" of satellites orbiting Mars.

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Re: ESA: Mystery Mars Plume Baffles Scientists

Post by Doum » Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:25 pm

Or meteorite explosion in altitude. ??


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Post by Redarmywh » Tue Feb 24, 2015 7:34 pm

Could it be iron ore dust whipped up by planet's magnetic field? Just a thought...

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Re: ESA: Mystery Mars Plume Baffles Scientists

Post by Daniyl Becktell » Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:39 pm

I believe the plume may be evidence of a long continuing war on mars. :mrgreen: A Nuclear Blast would cause such a dust plume!