NASA Reveals What Actually Happens in a Martian Dust Storm

The Red Planet has some intense dust storms.

"Even the wind in the largest dust storms likely could not tip or rip apart major mechanical equipment. The winds in the strongest Martian storms top out at about 60 miles per hour, less than half the speed of some hurricane-force winds on Earth," a NASA blog post explained.

Martian dust storms sometimes stir up enough dust to be seen by telescopes on Earth, however the atmosphere on Mars is 1 percent as dense as Earth, making the intensity of the storms different.

"The key difference between Earth and Mars is that Mars’ atmospheric pressure is a lot less," William Farrell, a physicist who has studied Martian dust storms said, according to NASA. "So things get blown, but it’s not with the same intensity."

Mars experiences strong dust storms annually, yet some of these storms are so intense that scientists refer to them as "global dust storms."