Daily weather details are a necessity for many people and an obsession for many others, and now, the morning check of conditions for near and far places is about to become a little more interesting – or silly, according to your point of view.
In addition to watching the temperatures forecast for your hometown, the city in which your daughter lives, your mother's place and the large French village you visited on holiday last year, you can now include Mars in your survey daily.
Taking readings from the Lander InSight, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched a weather service specific to Elysium Planitia, the region where Insight set up camp.
The data, it must be said, unlike the figures of this charming place in France, probably will not make you think of a quick trip to enjoy the sun. At the time of writing this article, InSight was suffering from a day when the minimum expected temperature would be minus 95 degrees Celsius, reaching a relatively mild maximum of minus 17. (That's minus 138 at 2 degrees Fahrenheit. )
In addition to the temperature range, the Mars Weather Service also provides hourly updates on atmospheric pressure and wind speed.
"The InSight lander is close to the Martian equator – just north of the equator – and therefore lives a Martian winter," says Don Banfield of Cornell University in the United States, responsible for the weather equipment of the machine.
Winter is the season of storms on the planet. However, Banfield says that it is unlikely that the undercarriage will be damaged by inclement weather.
"Since the LG is close to the equator, I did not think we'd have any evidence of storms at a latitude of 60 degrees north, but we're already seeing evidence of high pressure waveforms." and low that create weather on Mars, "he says.
"We can see these waves all the way down to the equator because they are big enough to carry a signature. It was a surprise. "
The weather forecast of the red planet can be found here.