joi, 18 iunie 2009

First direct evidence of lightning on Mars detected

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Published on 17 June 2009) — For the first time, direct evidence of lightning has been detected on Mars, say University of Michigan researchers who found signs of electrical discharges during dust storms on the Red Planet.
The bolts were dry lightning, says Chris Ruf, a professor in the departments of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Full story:
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