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Dust Devil Passes Near Martian Sand Dune

NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU2017-02-27

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This image from an animation shows effects of one Martian day of wind blowing sand underneath NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on a non-driving day for the rover. Each image was taken just after sundown by the rover's downward-looking Mars Descent Imager (MARDI). The area of ground shown in the images spans about 3 feet (about 1 meter) left-to-right.

The first image was taken on Jan. 23, 2017, during the 1,587th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars. Figure 1 above is the image with a scale bar in centimeters. The second was taken on Jan. 24, 2017 (Sol 1588). The day-apart images by MARDI were taken as a part of investigation of wind's effects during Martian summer, the windiest time of year in Gale Crater.

An animation is available at http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21143

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  • Title: Dust Devil Passes Near Martian Sand Dune
  • Creator: NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU
  • Date Created: 2017-02-27
  • Rights: JPL
  • Album: kboggs

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