Mars dust devils are not something uncommon on the Red Planet. As you know by now, the planet is a dusty and windy place, and sometimes the whirlwinds can fade as soon as they appear.
This makes capturing a photo of such an event in action a rarity.
Massive active dust devil was photographed
The online publication Futurism reveals that back in October 2019, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter managed to take a picture of a massive active dust devil.
The Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the picture using its High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). If you don’t know, this device is a powerful camera that’s been snapping pics of the Martian surface since 2006.
A couple of days ago, the University of Arizona team who built and manages HiRISE published the details on the newly snapped dust Devi which formed on the Amazonis Planitia’s volcanic plains.
The core of the dust devil is 50 meters (164 feet) wide, according to the HiRISE team, and based on the length of its shadow, they believe it is probably about 650 meters (2,132 feet) tall,” according to the online publication mentioned above.
This devil was a pretty big one but it’s definitely not the biggest.
It’s been revealed that back in 2012, a photo was taken on another active dust devil that was 12 miles tall and 70 meters/229 feet wide.
Elon Musk’s Mars project
In other Mars-related news, Elon Musk seems to be unstoppable when it comes to its space plans. You’re probably aware of his massive plans involving the Red Planet.
Either it’s Moon or Mars, he doesn’t stop its findings for the ‘perfect’ spaceship, devices, liftoffs, human transportation, or landings. Now, he boosts the SpaceX Mars colonization project.
It’s been recently revealed that Musk hopes to go further with his Starship colonization project after declaring the latest major plans and ideas for recruitment.