"Dust Devils" seen on Mars
by the Curiosity Rover
On recent summer afternoons on Mars, navigation cameras aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover observed several whirlwinds carrying Martian dust across Gale Crater. Dust devils result from sunshine warming the ground, prompting convective rising of air. All the dust devils were seen in a southward direction from the rover. Timing is accelerated and contrast has been modified to make frame-to-frame changes easier to see.
Clouds on Mars producing snow
In 2008, NASA learned from the Phoenix Mars lander that it snows in the Mars northern hemisphere — perhaps quite regularly – from clouds made of water vapour.
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Texas A&M University
Curiosity Rover watches Martian clouds on the move
In May 2019, the Curiosity rover captured several images of the water ice 'noctilucent' clouds moving across the sky.
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Watching Martian clouds go by
In March 2008, Opportunity turned its rover eyes skyward to observe clouds drifting overhead that look like cirrus clouds on Earth – featherlike formations composed mostly of ice crystals.
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MRO MARCI Weather Report
In 2008, NASA learned from the Phoenix Mars lander that it snows on Mars. The MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. Click and play the movie (.mp4 file) to see how the weather on Mars changed during 5-11th March 2018.