Photo: The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars

Posted on March 7, 2012

Serpent Dust Devil Mars

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of a huge dust devil on Mars. The dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface. NASA says the length of the dust devil's shadow indicates the dust plume reaches over 800 meters (over half a mile) in height. The image was taken in the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars. You can see an extra large image of the serpentine dust devil here.

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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