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Curiosity captures thickening haze as dust storm goes global

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA’s Opportunity rover to suspend science operations. But across the planet, NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been studying Martian soil at Gale … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Slippery slope

Sol 2087, June 19, 2018, update by MSL scientist Michelle Minitti: Curiosity pulled away from the “Duluth” site yesterday, but given the blocky nature of the “Blunts Point” member and the sand in between those blocks, she did not get … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, June 11-17, 2018

The massive dust storm reported in the previous update, persisted over many regions of Mars last week. At the beginning of the week, a local-scale dust storm was spotted southwest of Gale Crater. Active lifting associated with the major storm … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Looking north toward an invisible rim

Sol 2087, June 20, 2018. Seven Navcam frames composited into a panorama show that dusty air is hiding the north rim of Gale Crater. Duluth lies in the foreground, near left. At right is the Remote Micro-Imager’s four-frame take on … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Dusty skies

Sol 2086, June 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich:  The dust storm that is challenging Opportunity closed in on Gale Crater over the weekend with a substantial increase in dust levels. The storm is no threat to nuclear-powered Curiosity … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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THEMIS: On the shore of a sea of sand

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 20, 2018. This VIS image shows a small part of the huge northern dune field called Olympia Undae. This dune field surrounds 1/3 of the north polar cap. Collected in northern summer, there is … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Duluth’s delicate weathering

Sol 2084, June 17, 2018. The increasing dust in the atmosphere over Gale Crater is darkening and reddening images taken at the surface there. Above is a series of composited Mastcam 34mm frames on the rock named Duluth, which shows … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Layers to behold

Layers to behold. A scarp and more on layered deposits in Ceti Mensa. Beautiful Mars series. [More at links]

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THEMIS: Dunes and sand sheet in Rabe Crater

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 19, 2018. The large sand sheet with surface dune forms seen in this VIS image is located on the complex floor of Rabe Crater. The sand is likely derived by erosion into the deposit … Continue reading

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