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Massive dust storms could threaten plans to colonize Mars and save humanity — but scientists are getting closer to predicting them

If you've seen "The Martian," you might remember the violent dust storm that kicked off the movie. It was the one that pummeled the crew with 105 mph winds, struck Matt Damon's character with a rogue piece of shrapnel, and swept him off into the distance. It turns out that in real life, the dangers of Martian dust storms would be muted somewhat by the planet's thin atmosphere.
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