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MARCI weather report, September 3-9, 2018

Slightly hazy conditions continued across many regions of Mars last week. Near the start and end of the week, a couple small dust lifting events occurred over the low-latitudes of Noachis Terra. Looking to the eastern hemisphere, a transient local-scale … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5193, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

September 9, 2018: NASA Focuses on Recovering Opportunity as Storm Diminishes and Dust Settles: The dust raising power of the storms that wrapped Mars in a cloud in June and July diminished in August, sending all that powdery stuff back … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, Aug 27-Sept 2, 2018

Dusty atmospheric conditions resulting from the planetary-encircling dust event continued to wane across much of Mars for the past week. Looking to the equatorial latitudes, a couple short-lived dust events were observed over North Central Noachis Terra. Further west, dust … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Martian skies clearing over rover

[Editor's note: The above images were taken on July 7, 2017.] A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate. With clearing skies over Opportunity’s resting spot … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, August 20-26, 2018

Afternoon skies became less dusty as dust continued to settle out of the atmosphere this past week. In the middle of the week, local dust storm activity returned to Noachis Terra. During that time, a dust storm pushed southward over … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Wind streaks in Terra Sirenum

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 28, 2018. This VIS image shows a small region in Terra Sirenum. The bright material forming “tails” behind the craters were created by surface winds funneled over and around the crater. The raised rims … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, August 13-19, 2018

The decay phase of the planet-encircling dust event continued this past week, as dust lofted by the event continued to settle out of the thin martian atmosphere. At southern high-latitudes, small dust storms kicked up along the receding seasonal south … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Dusty lava flows

Dusty lava flows. Try not to get choked up.

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MARCI weather report, August 6-12, 2018

Bright and dark regions of Mars continued to become more apparent through the planet-encircling dust haze as dust continued to slowly settle out of the atmosphere last week. Each sol, thick hazes still lingered above the martian lowlands including over … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 30-August 5, 2018

The planetary-encircling dust event continued to decay across Mars last week. Looking to the southern highlands, short-lived local-scale dust storms were observed over Solis-Sinai and along the seasonal south polar ice cap edge, which has retreated to ~65° S. latitude. … Continue reading

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