February 17, 2017: Ice Nucleation: From The Earth To Mars And Beyond

Ice nucleation in the Earth’s atmosphere is known to be an important factor in climate, chemistry, and precipitation. By mimicking that planet’s atmosphere, we can leverage tools for terrestrial studies of ice clouds to understand the Martian water and carbon cycles. Recent observations show clouds to be present around exoplanets as well. Although measurements are much more uncertain, these technologies can help elucidate the atmospheres of these distant planets.

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