ICYMI: Hear the sound of a 387-foot Martian dust devil

Los Alamos instrument captures audio for first time

February 6, 2023

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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

When a dust devil measuring nearly 400 feet tall and 80 feet wide whirled its way across the surface of Mars, the Perseverance rover was right in its path. That gave SuperCam — the Los Alamos-developed instrument on top of the rover — the extraordinary opportunity to record the sound of a Martian dust devil for the very first time.

Says Baptiste Chide, a Lab postdoctoral fellow in the Space and Remote Sensing group: “Understanding dust devils on Mars is fundamental because they are at the origin of dust lifting, and dust is a key factor that controls the climate of Mars.”

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