posted on Sep, 12 2012 @ 01:02 AM
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by Larry L
You DO keep saying that. But all the images of water clouds and water vapor fog in craters and valleys around dawn hours, in official NASA
images, and NASA themselves is saying that's what it is, this is not my interpretation of the images, would suggest that perhaps your statement is
still up for debate. The Jury's still out so to speak.
No. It is known that there is very little water vapor in the atmosphere of Mars.
As I said, clouds of water ice form because the thin Martian atmosphere has little capacity for water vapor (because it is so thin) and reaches
saturation with very low humidity levels. That water ice, when warmed, sublimates. It does not melt because the atmospheric pressure is too low. There
would not be any dew or rain because the ice turns directly back into water vapor.
Your logic ignores
atmospheric science. Did you happen to notice the latitudes of those clouds and fog? Were any of them near the equator where Curiosity is?
That seems logical to me, and is right in line with what NASA has officially shown and stated to be there.
on 9/12/2012 by Phage because: (no reason given)
I think you're just going to have to admit defeat here and admit that may just be moisture.
1) I don't think you even looked at the pictures in that 3rd link to see how thick that morning fog is first of all. Because regardless of where it
is, that's ALOT of thick fog considering it's completely filling hundres and hundred, maybe thousands of miles of the (around) mile deep canyons of
Noctis Labrynthis. And.........
2) As it so happens, Noctis Labrynthis is pretty damned close to the Martian equator. Feast your eyes on Noctis Labrynthis EDIT- I can't get this link
to work........look it up if you don't believe me. It's coordinates are 7.0 deg S, 102.2 deg W (well that's where it starts, it runs like 1200 miles
along the equator)
Like I said, actually look at how thick that water vapor fog is thats filling these VAST canyons that make the Grand Canyon look small.
No moisture, Phage? I don't think so. I know from experience in the AZ desert that if you were in those canyons with a sheet of plastic, you'd be
harvesting enough dew to fill you cantine with fresh, clean martian drinking water in a few hours.
That is SERIOUSLY thick fog, and alot of it. If there's fog even half that dense around the rover in the mornings, that would be plenty to acount for
the moisture I'm seeing in the OP.
edit on 12-9-2012 by Larry L because: (no reason given)