A New Year on Mars


Today marks Martian New Year. The length of a Mars year is almost double an Earth year.  Like Earth, Mars is tilted causing seasons. Martian New Year occurs on Mars’Northern Spring Equinox.  We have a video today showing the seasons on Mars. The movie combines animated images from MARCI (MArs Color Imager) http://www.msss.com/msss_images/latest_weather.html –  where you can see from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s orbit how the tilt of Mars changes over its seasons. From Left to Right: Northern Summer Solstice, Northern Fall Equinox, Northern Spring Equinox, and Norther Winter Solstice.  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science System

Help celebrate the new years on Mars by classifying some images on our very first Mars project, the original Planet Four.

~Meg Schwamb

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