PIA07139: Whirlwind Drama During Spirit's 496th Sol
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Spirit
Instrument: Navigation Camera
Product Size: 1024 x 256 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Texas A&M
Full-Res TIFF: PIA07139.tif (262.6 kB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA07139.jpg (38.36 kB)

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This movie clip shows a dust devil growing in size and blowing across the plain inside Mars' Gusev Crater. The clip consists of frames taken by the navigation camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the morning of the rover's 496th martian day, or sol (May 26, 2005). Contrast has been enhanced for anything in the images that changes from frame to frame, that is, for the dust moved by wind.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Texas A&M

Image Addition Date:
2005-07-08