Storm after storm after storm on Mars

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Mars is no fun house, with all those storms. Well, OTOH, with such a thin atmosphere you’re likely to withstand the storm with ease. Breeze. Doh.

This movie clip shows a global map of Mars with atmospheric changes from Feb. 18, 2017, through March 6, 2017, a period when two regional-scale dust storms appeared. It combines hundreds of images from the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The date for each map in the series is given at upper left. Dust storms appear as pale tan. In the opening frames, one appears left of center, near the top (north) of the map, then grows in size as it moves south, eventually spreading to about half the width of the map after reaching the southern hemisphere. As the dust from that first storm becomes more diffuse in the south, another storm appears near the center of the map in the final frames. …. (NASA/JPL/MSSS)

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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