Martian lightning

In a dust storm, scientists find the first direct evidence of electrical discharge on Mars

12:29pm, June 22, 2009

Scientists say they have seen the first direct evidence of lightning on Mars, in the form of electrical discharges during a Martian dust storm.

The finding has implications for human travel to the Red Planet and for studying possible origins of life on Mars, the authors say in a paper to appear in Geophysical Research Letters.

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