Illustration of the Planetary Turbine Anemometer (PTA) concept on the Mars’ North polar ice cap. (Image courtesy of Don Banfield/Christ Eckert)

NASA is studying how it can harness wind power on Mars. This is following plans to deploy a future Mars polar lander during the planet’s dark winter period, which typically lasts around 300 days. The Planet Turbine Anemometer (PTA) is currently one of the concepts vying for NASA development funding. Besides supplying power, the wind turbin…

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