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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 17 2012

Weather Talk: Martian meteorologist – what an interesting job

Curiosity, the NASA Mars rover that recently started sending back pictures of Mars with its red ground and pinkish sky, is soon going to become one of the most interesting weather stations in the solar system.

The Curiosity weather station is able to record hourly observations of temperature, wind speed and direction, and relative humidity, as well as the ground temperature.

The details of Martian weather are, up to now, something of a mystery. It is known that Mars has dust devils that sometimes turn into strong, hurricane-like monsters, which can kick up so much dust that the Martian surface becomes invisible to Earth telescopes for weeks at a time.

I wonder how one applies for the job of “Head Martian Meteorologist,” because this forecaster would be interested.


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