Exploring Lightning on Earth and Mars

How Lightning is Created The conditions needed to produce lightning have been known for some time. However, exactly how lightning forms has never been verified so there is room for debate.Leading theories focus around separation of electric charge and generation of an electric field within a thunderstorm. Recent studies also indicate that ice, hail, and […]

Has lightning been detected on Mars?

Space.com Science & Astronomy Lightning Detected on Mars By Andrea Thompson, OurAmazingPlanet Managing Editor | August 6, 2009 11:29am ET MORE Dust storm imaged by the Mars Orbiter Camera in a region just northwest of Elysium Mon June 8, 2006. Shadows on the northeast side of storm indicate that the dust cloud reaches at least […]

Lightning Storms On Mars

How Sandstorms Generate Spectacular Lightning Displays How can nonconducting sand particles transfer the huge amounts of charge needed to generate spectacular lightning displays? A new model finally explains this phenomenon. Comments:  Our students have been asking if there are lightning storms on Mars?    We wanted to share this article that came from MIT. One […]

Bob Barboza Selected To Present At The 2017 Mars Society Convention

The 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention Back to Conventions 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention University of California, Irvine A311 Student Center Irvine, CA 92697 September 7 – 10, 2017 The four-day International Mars Society Convention brings together leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific […]

What does it take to become an astronaut?

June 21, 2017 Astronaut Requirements During their careers, the next generation of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft: the International Space Station, two NASA Commercial Crew Program spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle. What does it take to be an astronaut? In 2016, NASA […]

Student Tiger Teams Study Mars from New Mexico

El Morro National Monument Barboza Space Center News:   We have just returned from our summer New Mexico geology field trip. We are always looking to compare and contract Earth and Mars. We invite you to visit our most recent photo essay below.   In addition, we are paving the way for our 2018 Barboza […]