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Dust Devils Scour Surface of Mars

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the coverup-for-existence-of-martians dept.

Mars 14

astroengine writes "Dust devils are a well-known atmospheric phenomena on Mars, and as these new HiRISE observations show, the devilish vorticies can carve beautiful patterns in the Martian dust. What's more — in side-by-side comparisons of observations of the same Mars region years apart — it appears that the active Mars atmosphere acts like an Etch A Sketch, rubbing out the dust devils' tracks, only for the dust devils to make brand new tracks years later."

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first time first post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43744309)

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Oh, good (5, Funny)

Minwee (522556) | about a year ago | (#43744321)

So this unfortunate image [theregister.co.uk] should be gone before it causes anyone from NASA any embarrassment.

Re:Oh, good (1)

cultiv8 (1660093) | about a year ago | (#43745225)

Exactly, those damn devilish vorticies have been drawing penises for years...

Re:Oh, good (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year ago | (#43745819)

While hilarious in its own right, I doubt anybody from NASA actually cares because the internet is serious business.

Those are balls. (1)

Beardydog (716221) | about a year ago | (#43744411)

Yeah, they always look like a landscape this close.

Re:Those are balls. (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year ago | (#43746919)

hah! shows what you know, the skin is too smooth; it's actually a taint

Easy now (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43744791)

"as these new HiRISE observations show, the devilish vorticies can carve beautiful patterns in the Martian dust."

I suppose they're beautiful the same way David Spade's hairdoo is beautiful.

Canali? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43746515)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_canal

Re:Canali? (1)

riverat1 (1048260) | about a year ago | (#43748137)

I was going to say that but you beat me to it. Maybe that's the source of the lines that Schiaparelli and Lowell saw.

Re:Canali? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about a year ago | (#43749739)

Those lines were on a much larger (planetary) scale. It's thought that he was actually seeing the blood vessels in his own retina, like how you can see them when an optician is examining you.

Grammar Nazism (1)

philgp (584302) | about a year ago | (#43750745)

Phenomenon: singular phenomena: plural

Re:Grammar Nazism (1)

philgp (584302) | about a year ago | (#43750779)

... and, of course, Slashdot bloody well goes and replaces the carriage return I put between "singular" and "phenomena" with a space.

Re:Grammar Nazism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43754831)

That was your fault for using the HTML option instead of the plain text option, and then not previewing.

Re:Grammar Nazism (1)

philgp (584302) | about a year ago | (#43756229)

I agree entirely.
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