Climate & Space Prof. Sushil Atreya was quoted this week on the subject of the recent spike in Mars methane captured by the Curiosity Rover. The article appeared in the space journal Room. Prof. Atreya is a member of the Curiosity Rover science team at the University of Michigan.
From the article:
“The history of methane on Mars seems far from a simple one. Back in 2014, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity detected a tenfold spike in methane that at the time proved mysterious. Fast forward four years and NASA scientists reported that background levels of the gas seem to rise and fall seasonally on the Red Planet, but that every so often a sudden and apparently unrelated increase of this organic molecule also occurs. Now, Curiosity has detected another significant spike that so far, is the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission…”