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I believe Mars has high winds correct?
Originally posted by super70
No, Buzz was speaking about the monolith on Phobos, the potato shaped moon of Mars. This image detail is from the most recently released photos taken of Mars.
What is the wind speed during a dust storm on Mars?
Despite secondhand estimates of higher velocities, official observed gust velocities on Mars are in the range of 80-120 mph (120-160 km/hr). At higher altitudes, the movement of dust was measured at 250-300 mph (400-480 km/hr).
The Martian atmosphere at the surface is only .006 (six tenths of one percent) the density of Earth's. So the high velocity would impart much less energy than a similar wind on Earth.
However, Mars' lower gravity also allows more dust to be picked up, and kept suspended by thermal imbalances. Long-lasting dust storms could present a significant problem for man-made devices and structures.