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Warm up your eyeballs. The European Space Agency has a visual challenge for you: Try to spot all the dust devils in an image captured by the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System on the ExoMars orbiter.
The false-color composite image has been processed to highlight features of the landscape below, which shows a portion of the northern hemisphere of Mars. That means the colors aren't accurate to what they would look like with the naked eye, but it also means it's a little easier to find the whirlwinds.
The CaSSIS team tweeted the image, which was snapped back in May. "Dust devils appear as small vortexes and slightly bluer in this false-color composite image. Can you spot them?" the team wrote on Friday, noting there are "several active dust devils" in the view.
I scrutinized the image and found two dust devils I can confidently identify, along with what may be two smaller ones. Am I missing any? You tell me.
Mars is infamously dusty and windy, which is the perfect storm for frequent dust devil activity. It's such a normal part of the Mars experience that NASA had planned on a dust devil sweeping along to wipe off the InSight lander's solar panels. Unfortunately, Mars didn't cooperate and .
The ExoMars orbiter is a joint project from ESA and Russian space agency Roscosmos. The agencies are working.
The CaSSIS image is a fantastic way to visualize dust devils on Mars. If you want to see what they look like from ground level, check out this. Dance, dust devil, dance.