Stoney, (George) Johnstone (1826–1911)
Beginning in 1870, Stoney presented a series of papers to the Royal Dublin Society in which he (1) accounted for the Moon's lack of atmosphere in terms of the low lunar gravity, (2) explained the absence of hydrogen from the Earth's atmosphere in terms of the high average velocity of hydrogen molecules, and (3) concluded that probably no water exists on Mars (see Mars, water). It was not until 1898 that these results were published, together with other conclusions about the remaining objects in the Solar System, including that Jupiter can retain all known gases (see gas giant), whereas most moons and all asteroids are devoid of an atmosphere.
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