Methane Gas On Mars Poses New Questions, Says Texas A&M Prof

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By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing & Communications


Methane gas in the atmosphere of Mars varies locally from season to season on the Red Planet, according to an international team of scientists that includes a Texas A&M University researcher.

Mark Lemmon, associate professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M who has served as a camera operator on numerous Mars missions, such as the Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity, is part of a multi-national team of researchers led by Chris Webster at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who have had their work published in the latest issue of Science magazine.

Using data collected from Curiosity, which landed on Gale Crater in 2012, the team analyzed methane gas found in the crater over a five-year period. The results showed that methane gas is found in the area but in amounts that are seasonal.

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