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MARCI weather report, November 5-11, 2018

Across much of the red planet there was a lull in dust storm activity last week, which is typical for this time of season. Atmospherically thin dust hazes continued near the receding south polar ice cap as well as near … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Update on recovery efforts

Updated at 4 p.m. PDT on Oct. 29, 2018: After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future. Winds could … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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MARCI weather report, October 15-21, 2018

At the beginning of the week, hazes and clouds of dust continued along the defrosting seasonal south polar ice cap edge. Looking to the low-latitudes, orographic water ice clouds were spotted above Arsia Mons, the southernmost shield volcano of the … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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HiRISE: The pits of Elysium Mons

During the 2018 Mars dust storm, we obtained a clear view of the summit of the giant volcano Elysium Mons. We see the western rim and floor of the caldera, and a chain of pits (called a “catena”) extending from … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, October 8-14, 2018

Dust clouds and hazes continued along the seasonal south polar ice cap edge of Mars this past week. Dust storms were observed from Aonia Terra to northern Noachis Terra to northern Amazonis. The Amazonis storm was advected southwest over the … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, October 1-7, 2018

Weather patterns on Mars were fairly typical last week. Large dust lifting activity associated with the defrosting south polar seasonal ice cap continued over southern Sirenum and Aonia. The western hemisphere of these polar latitudes also had some small dust … Continue reading

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Tiny motor on Curiosity detected onset of global dust storm at Gale Crater

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provided the earliest insights on May 30 when it observed an accumulation of dust in the atmosphere near Perseverance Valley, where NASA’s Opportunity rover is exploring. The increasingly hazy storm, the biggest since 2007, forced … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report: September 17-23, 2018

During the past week, dusty conditions continued along the retreating seasonal south polar ice cap edge. Sites of activity included Aonia, southern Sirenum, and southwest of Hellas — near the ‘Mountains of Mitchel.’ Looking further northward, dust lifting was relatively … Continue reading

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