People here on Earth have been following news of the global dust storm on Mars that's hobbled one NASA rover and created hazy skies around another.

The European Space Agency's orbiting Mars Express spacecraft caught an eye-opening look at dust clouds making their way across the planet prior to the development of that massive storm.

Mars Express captured the view of the clouds near Mars' north polar ice cap in April and ESA shared it on Thursday.

It shows a fluffy-looking line of dust encroaching across the landscape.

ESA calls it "one of several local small-scale dust storms" seen earlier this year.

The space agency says Mars is experiencing a particularly intense dust storm season.

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