Fine dust on the surface of Mars

There is a very thin layer of very fine, loose material on top of Mars’ soil. By using data from NASA’s Mars lander InSight, researchers been able to resolve an extremely thin layer of soil. – Soil on Mars behaves in peculiar ways, we need to understand that before we colonise Mars, says Axel Hagermann, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology and co-author of an article addressing the new findings. The surface was measured by one of the instruments on InSight, an infrared radiometer provided by the German Aerospace Agency DLR.

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Picture: Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s blades are made of a lightweight carbon fiber foam core to provide lift in the thin Mars atmosphere – NASA/JPL-Caltech