Whirlwind Drama During Spirit's 496th Sol
August 17, 2005
This movie clip shows a dust devil growing in size and blowing across the plain inside Mars' Gusev Crater. The clip consists of frames taken by the navigation camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the morning of the rover's 496th martian day, or sol (May 26, 2005). Contrast has been enhanced for anything in the images that changes from frame to frame, that is, for the dust moved by wind.
Topics: Margaritifer Sinus quadrangle, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars, Environment, Aeolis quadrangle, Fram, Spirit rover timeline for 2005 March, Spirit rover timeline for 2005 April, Dust devil, Gusev crater, Mars rover, Spirit rover