It's a twister - and other amazing photos from Mars

It's a twister - and other amazing photos from Mars

Summary: NASA's HRISE camera catches a half-mile tall dust devil on the Martian surface. Plus, other newer images from the Red Planet.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • This image shows areas that have long thought to be due to flowing ice, have been confirmed to be icy by the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) experiment on MRO.

    Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

  • Sand dune fields in Aonia Terra indicate that surface winds have changed direction - either over time or from one location to the next.

    You can even see faint dark tracks from dust devils.

    Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

  • This enhanced image in Acidalia Planitia almost looks like a coastline on Earth. This photo shows some well-preserved craters.

    Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Topic: Hardware

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  • Those tracks look like tatoos

    Those tracks look like tatoos :)
    Tomas M.
  • You Are Right

    Tomas; I collect vintage Underground Comix. This landscape zoomed could be done by R. Crumb on meth.
    Otis Driftwood
  • Strange projection effects

    Although the shadow should appear as (essentially) a parallel projection of the smoke pattern, this is very hard to see in the picture displayed.
  • Web Designed

    Thank You
  • disparity

    Hey, is this a made up image like the appolo11??
    the curvature of the twister and its shadow does seem to match....little drawn oout.....
  • Full Martian dust devil image available at

    The full uncropped image of this dust devil is available on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE Camera website at -- scroll down to "Image Products" -- I assure you, disparity, that no photos acquired during the Apollo nor Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter missions are faked.