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Monday, December 19, 2022

Mars Has Year Round Energy


Mars has enough wind to power bases near the poles all year round

An analysis of the wind energy available on Mars finds that one well-placed turbine could enable a group of six people to live near the poles all year round

Newscientist, SPACE 19 December 2022    By Christa Lesté-Lasserre

Dark dunes surrounding Mars's northern polar cap  ... 


Wind turbines on Mars could theoretically provide enough energy for scientists to safely explore outer regions of the planet during crewed missions.

Solar energy might be sufficient for investigating Mars near the equator, but to live nearer the poles all year round, other power sources are needed. In combination with solar power, well-placed wind turbines could supply enough energy for a group of six people to live and work on Mars all year round, without the radiation risks associated with nuclear energy, says Victoria Hartwick at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

“It’s really exciting that by combining potential wind power with other sources of energy, we open up large parts of the planet to exploration and to these really scientifically interesting zones that the [scientific] community may have previously discredited because of energy requirements,” she says.  ... ' 

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