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Mars is more like Earth than we thought

You might not think about it right away, but several of the planets in the solar system have atmospheres that are in some ways similar to what we have on Earth.  After all, gases follow the same basic physical rules no matter what planet they are on.  EOS.org posted an interesting story earlier this month about the similarities between Earth’s atmosphere and Mars’ atmosphere that you might find interesting.  You can find it at https://eos.org/research-spotlights/marss-atmosphere-matches-earths-turbulent-nature.

This image, taken in 2007 by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows clouds from a dust storm on Mars near the planet’s polar ice cap. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

This image, taken in 2007 by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows clouds from a dust storm on Mars near the planet’s polar ice cap. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS