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A towering dust devil casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Photo and caption courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

This image was taken late spring in the northern part of Mars.  The dust plume reaches more than half a mile in height, according to NASA. Pretty sweet.

Unfortunately every time I read or see something about Mars, I think about the loss of funding for future Mars exploration programs. I hope something can be worked out. Let’s cross our fingers, shall we?