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Dust-devils flirt with Curiosity Mars rover
bbc ^ | 15 November 2012 Last updated at 20:11 ET | Jonathan Amos

Posted on 11/16/2012 6:38:44 PM PST by BenLurkin

Although the robot's cameras have yet to catch sight of them, it seems whirlwinds of dust have been skirting around the six-wheeled vehicle.

From the data gathered by Curiosity's meteorological station, scientists think dust-devils may even have run over the mobile laboratory.

It is not entirely unexpected. Vortices of dust whipped up by the wind have been pictured by previous Mars rovers.

"A dust-devil looks essentially like what you would expect from the movies - a tiny tornado that is lifting dust," explained Manuel de la Torre Juarez of Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a scientist on the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (Rems) instrument.

"Understanding these phenomena is very important because the Martian climate is driven largely by its dust cycle."

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1 posted on 11/16/2012 6:38:51 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Those lil’ tornadoes are weird lookin’ things. I saw a lot of them in Iraq.


3 posted on 11/16/2012 7:01:15 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: rockybalmon

If we can afford to send thousands of American military personnel and billions of dollars worth of technology to the god forsaken rocks in Afghanistan and Iraq, then we can afford to send a few probes to Mars.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 7:17:35 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: rockybalmon

or not


5 posted on 11/16/2012 7:26:47 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: BenLurkin

Since my name is on the Curiosity, it makes me have an interest in it.


6 posted on 11/16/2012 11:31:55 PM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: ansel12

Seen this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFvNhsWMU0c


7 posted on 11/17/2012 7:10:23 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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