The Martian winds and dust storms alter how Mars appears to observers here on Earth. This experiment will
show you how the weather affects the way Mars appears.
- Use a spoon to spread the a thin layer of modeling clay over the surface of the tray, making bumps to represent the surface of Mars.
- Evenly sprinkle some sugar over the clay.
- Experiment with blowing across your Martian landscape and watching the effect of the moving sugar.
The winds on Mars are fast and furious enough to keep the dusty sand forever suspended in the air-turning the sky a
pinkish-peach. All that wind not only moves the sand and soil from place to place, but also both reveals and hides
features on the surface astronomers are trying to spot.