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SCI/TECH: Mars Rover Makes Movies of Dust Devils

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posted on Apr, 22 2005 @ 10:49 PM
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The rover "Spirit" has taken movies of dust devils on Mars. The images were taken on April 15 and April 18. "Spirit" and "Opportunity," identical rovers, have been roaming opposite sides of Mars since January 2004
 



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NASA has released movies of dust devils seen by the rover Spirit as they whirled across the surface of Mars.

The images recorded on April 15 and April 18 show more movement than any previous surface imaging of Martian dust devils, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in releasing the clips this week.

"This is the best look we've ever gotten of the wind effects on the Martian surface as they are happening," said Mark Lemmon, a rover team member and atmospheric scientist.

Spirit and its twin, Opportunity, have been exploring opposite sides of the Red Planet since landing in January 2004. The rovers have outlasted their primary missions and are operating under mission extensions.




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It's reassuring, somehow, that the weather on the Red Planet bears some resemblance to New Mexico weather. You can view one video here.

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[edit on 05/4/22 by GradyPhilpott]




posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 04:45 PM
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Those animations are really cool.

Something we've really never seen, a weather phenomenon,
in action, on the surface of another planet.

It gives a sense that Mars is still alive, in some ways.



posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 06:33 PM
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We are only scratching the surface with mars, i have a gut feeling we are about to find out more very soon



posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 07:06 PM
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Originally posted by spacedoubt
Something we've really never seen, a weather phenomenon,
in action, on the surface of another planet.


I would point out that the massive storm on Jupiter has been visible by telescope for a long time now.

Jupiter's Storm

Picture


[edit on 05/4/23 by GradyPhilpott]



posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 07:49 PM
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On Jupiter,

Grady, I am aware of that!
Show me the pics of weather phenomenon taken on the surface of Jupiter!
But first, show me ANY pics of the Surface of Jupiter.

Space



posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 07:58 PM
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Well, in a sense, I'm not sure that the visible atmosphere of Jupiter isn't the "surface." Isn't it a gas giant? I get your point, however. Pictures of any kind of weather phenomenon on Mars is exhilarating and novel and certainly the most interesting fact about Mars since the canal mystery was solved. I wonder if the dusting of the rover is the result of the dust devils?

www.atsnn.com...



posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 08:10 PM
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Grady,

Could be those devils.
During the Pathfinder/Sojourner misson, the lander was equipped with a mini weather station.
Scientitist concluded from some of the data that dust devils were passing right over the craft...

The event, in sequence, over a short time, went something like this:

Wind gust in one direction.
Drop in pressure
Wind gust in the opposite direction.

This prompted a few scientists to look over data from the Mars Global Surveyor, where they found the first pics..

One of the Scientists, was my wifes Geology professor.
I had a chat with him a few years ago about this..
The above info is the gist of our conversation..



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