See a dust devil whirl by the Mars Perseverance rover

See a dust devil whirl by the Mars Perseverance rover

Mars has excellent ingredients for dust devils.

While taking images of its new surroundings on the arid Martian surface, the Perseverance rover recently spotted a whirl of dust spinning by in the distance. Seen below, the dust devil appears beyond the rover's arm:

See the zoomed-in view of this dust devil on Marspic.twitter.com/4ILDqoejZ8

— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) March 16, 2021

Mars is an exceptionally dry, windswept desert planet today, so it's ideal grounds for short-lived dust devils to form. Sometimes, long-lived great duststorms sweep the planet, too, shrouding vast swathes of Mars in reddish Martian dust. Read more...

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