Perseverance Mars rover figures out how devils and winds fill the Red Planet's skies with dust

Perseverance Mars rover figures out how devils and winds fill the Red Planet’s skies with dust

Large amounts of dust that help give the Red Planet Mars its butterscotch-pink sky is being blown into the atmosphere by whirling dust devils and occasional but powerful gusts of wind, NASA’s Perseverance rover has found.

“The gust-driven lifting that Perseverance has detected in Jezero crater are the first really definitive dust-lifting event that we’ve seen,” Claire Newman, lead author of the study and one of the four planetary scientists that make up a research company called Aeolis Research, told Space.com.


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