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Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars


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Martian dust storm

Two 2001 images from the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter show a dramatic change in the planet's appearance when haze raised by dust-storm activity in the south became globally distributed. The images were taken about a month apart.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable—which would be a boon for future astronauts there—if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those in the past.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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