Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved Planet Four project on the Zooniverse platform. Come explore Mars and mark surface features in images taken by the HiRISE instrument on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Visit https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/msc ... lanet-four to take part.
After the retirement of our previous project, and nearly a year of work by the project team on this reboot, we're happy to present Planet Four 2.0. The new project keeps the familiar task of mapping seasonal fans and blotches on the South Polar regions of your favorite Red Planet. Springtime carbon dioxide jets forming on the thawing seasonal polar ice cap produce the dark fans and blotches visible in the images we ask you to map on the website. The shapes, sizes, and directions of the seasonal fans and blotches serve as probes of the Martian climate and as indicators of wind speeds and wind directions on Mars.
Thanks to all your classifications on the original Planet Four website, we now have two additional research papers in preparation. Planet Four 2.0 will build on these efforts.
Thanks, Meg and the Planet Four Team
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If you're at a loose end over the next few weeks, here's a project you can do whilst "social distancing":