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Mars might be a smaller planet with a thin atmosphere, but wow does it have some serious dust-devils. The top photo is a shot of one from space, the bottom image is a size comparison to such storms on Earth (and a comparison of largest mountains for added scale):


Click the images to see the story.

Best,
Chris

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renegade500
Aug. 6th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
Seriously, that top photo reminds me of Munch's The Scream.
mckitterick
Aug. 6th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Cooool.
ex_frankwu
Aug. 6th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
What's the status of the rovers? Are they dead yet from the dust? Or still alive and kickin'?
mckitterick
Aug. 6th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
Here's the latest news about their condition. Looks a bit dire... let's wish them well - they're good little rovers.

Best,
Chris
ex_frankwu
Aug. 6th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ummm, yeah, doesn't look good for them. But, well, we'll keep hoping. Reminds me a little of the Sheckley story (about a Martian dust storm) "A Wind Was Rising."
normalcyispasse
Aug. 7th, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
Damn, that's a crazy sense of scale.
mckitterick
Aug. 7th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Isn't that something?
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