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InSight: Listening to the wind on Mars

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. A media teleconference about these sounds … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dust devil in action

Dust devil tracks in the Diacria region. Our eye might deceive us, but that bright spot in the enhanced color image looks suspiciously like a dust devil in action. Hmmm…. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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Curiosity update: ‘Tis the season to be dusty

Sol 2067, May 30, 2018, update by MSL scientist Claire Newman: The previous plan included some tests of the sample delivery system, including delivery of a single portion to the closed cover of the SAM inlet. The imaging showed a … Continue reading

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Dust devils: major source of atmospheric dust on Mars and Earth

Swirling columns of sand and dust, known as dust devils, are a feature of desert areas on Mars and on Earth. Now, a study of terrestrial dust devils has shown that around two thirds of the fine particles lifted by … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Searching for dust devils

Sol 1645, March 22, 2017, update by atmospheric scientist Michael Battalio and USGS scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The APXS will still be deployed on The Hop early on Sol 1645, and to avoid using battery power to heat up the arm, … Continue reading

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Mars winds carve mountains, move & raise dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet’s landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today. Studies using both a NASA orbiter and a rover reveal its effects on scales grand to tiny on … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Dust devil tracks in Aonia Terra

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 20, 2017. Today’s VIS image shows dust devil tracks on the plains of Aonia Terra. As the dust devil moves across the surface it scours the fine dust particles, revealing the darker rock surface … Continue reading

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HiRISE: A dust devil on hilly terrain

There are many dust devils on Mars — little twisters that raise dust from the surface. They have also cleaned dust off of the solar panels of the rovers Opportunity and Spirit, improving the solar power production. (Spirit became stuck … Continue reading

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Computer-simulated dust devils may improve Mars weather forecasts

Future manned missions to Mars could face a formidable phenomenon: towering red dust devils. These columns of wind-whipped sand and dust, some small and some 10 times taller than Earth’s tornadoes, have been spied on Mars by satellites and surface … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Dust devil whirls past

Sol 4332, April 1, 2016. Shooting a where-are-we partial panorama a few minutes after 1 p.m. local time, the rover’s Navcam caught a dust devil out on the floor of Endeavour Crater.  At right, a crop into one of the … Continue reading

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