Hubble Data Shows Sun Rules the “Tides” of Mars




“The sun is operating as a pump, which ‘activates’ in the daytime and helps water reach heights of over 60 kilometers above the ground. During a dust storm, the concentration of moisture in the air and airflow speed are higher, and therefore, the ‘pump’ is able to lift water higher up,” said Dmitry Shaposhnikov, researcher at the Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology about data obtained from the U.S. satellite MAVEN (short for “Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN”) and the Hubble Space Telescope showing a periodic stream of hydrogen atoms escaping the planet.