Can We Predict Weather on Mars as We Do on Earth?

  • By Dr. J. Cory Demko
  • May 11, 2021

A portion of the Ingenuity helicopter flight zone on Mars as seen from the Perseverance Rover. Image: NASA-JPL/Caltech

A very thrilling, nervous, and euphoric moment occurred back on February 18th with the touchdown of NASA’s Martian Perseverance Rover. The Perseverance Rover is a component of the larger Mars Exploration Program (MEP) and includes a robotic helicopter named Ingenuity. Perseverance confirmed a successful touchdown within the Jezero crater at 3:55 pm EST, ending a 204-day flight from Earth to its new home, Mars. Meteorological instruments, similar to the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) of the Martian rover, Curiosity, have begun recording surface air and ground temperature, wind speed and direction, pressure, relative humidity, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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