St. Elmo’s Fire on Perseverance

Last week I came across a NASA item saying that Perseverance may encounter a dust storm (quite common on Mars) and may attract ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’, a form of lightning, though not as dangerous – it used to form around the masts of sailing ships, leading to superstitions that it was a bad omen. . . However, the article said that the rover is shielded and would not be damaged.

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David A. Hardy

Former President and currently European Vice President of the IAAA. Art first published in 1952, freelance since 1965. Writer, editor and designer of 'Visions of Space', 1989. Other major books: 'Hardyware', 2001, Futures: 50 Years in Space (with Sir Patrick Moore) 2004, etc., etc. See: http://www.astroart.org/#!hardy-profile/c1a9q

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