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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Mars Magnetic Fields May Be Landing Targets

Mars does not have a single unified magnetic field like Earth; it has smaller, more fractured magnetic fields which cover the planet and have different intensities and polarities. It will be these regions where the greatest shielding of solar radiation, and thus will be the safest landing spots for the first human missions to Mars, according to early landing site studies.

1 comment:

Quantum_Flux said...

I never knew that before, but it makes good geological sense though. (thinking about how moltent magma cools and thereby magnetizes in a certain direction)