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Martian Dust Storms Wind Load on Astronaut
  • Nasser Yari Yari
Nasser Yari Yari
Wentworth Institute of Technology

Corresponding Author:yarin@wit.edu

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The reality of living on Mars is closer than ever before. For years science fiction writers and movie producers have presumed powerful Martian dust storms capable of catastrophic events. In the movie, The Martian (2015), a powerful dust storm rips an antenna off its base and in the movie Martian Land (2015), an astronaut is blown away and carried off by a dust storm. In reality, some of the dust storms are large enough to be visible by telescopes on earth. In this article, the force impact of a Martian dust storm is evaluated. Wind speed data from Viking 1 and Viking 2 Lander in 1976, the Phoenix Lander in 2008, Mars Curiosity Rover in 2011, InSight mission Lander in 2018, and Mars 2020 mission Perseverance Rover are used for this study. Modifying Bernoulli’s Equation based on Martian atmospheric density to determine the wind velocity pressure in pounds per square foot. The stability of a male and female astronaut in an EVA(Extravehicular Activity) space suit is evaluated during the highest wind speed of a Martian dust storm.
31 Aug 2023Submitted to ESS Open Archive
11 Sep 2023Published in ESS Open Archive