NASA Reconnaissance Tool Saw a Dust Hose on Planet Mars
Mars’ atmosphere may be thin compared to other planets in the Solar System, but this does not prevent you from enjoying the atmosphere. Water ice can reach the higher parts of the atmosphere, forming thin clouds. Strong winds can turn into uncontrolled dust storms that sweep the entire planet.
That’s why the Curiosity probe, working diligently in Mars’ Gale Crater, sometimes sets its electronic eyes on the weather events on Mars. Now, the vehicle has seen a powder hose spinning across the rocky crater floor.
However, it is not so surprising to see a weather phenomenon on Mars similar to what we have seen on Earth. However, this can enable us to learn a lot about seasonal atmospheric changes on the Red Planet.
When summer comes to the southern hemisphere of Mars, where Gale Crater is located, the atmosphere in the region gets warmer. Just as atmospheric movements occur when the Earth’s atmosphere is not heated equally, the atmosphere of Mars is also affected.
“The stronger the warming of the surface, the stronger the heat dissipation and heat conduction eddies,” writes Claire Newman, an atmospheric scientist at Research on her Mars Exploration blog. These are made up of fast winds blowing violently around low pressure cores. If these eddies are strong enough, they can lift the dust on the surface into the air and become visible like “dust hoses” that we can view with our cameras. “