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Does Mars’ bow shock location correlate with atmospheric dust?

A Lancaster University [UK] physicist has led an international study, based on data from ESA’s Mars Express orbiter, which throws new light on the interaction between the planet Mars and supersonic particles in the solar wind. As the energetic particles … Continue reading

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Opportunity field report, March 6, 2017

Sol 4662, March 6, 2017; Rover Field Report by Larry Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Out of the crater and cruising south! For nearly two years Opportunity’s world has been tilted 10-25 … Continue reading

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Big global dust storm starting soon?

Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable — which would be a boon for future astronauts there — if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those in the past. A published prediction, based on this … Continue reading

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ExoMars: Dusty arrival for Schiaparelli lander?

In October 2016, the Schiaparelli capsule, also known as the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), is scheduled to make the first landing on Mars by an ESA spacecraft. Will it be greeted by a raging dust storm? What … Continue reading

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Fact & fiction of Martian dust storms

For years, science fiction writers from Edgar Rice Burroughs to C. S. Lewis have imagined what it would be like for humans to walk on Mars. As mankind comes closer to taking its first steps on the Red Planet, authors’ … Continue reading

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Dust storms in Hellas Planitia

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, June 2015: Martin Voelker and Daniela Tirsch (Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center, Berlin). In July 2012 the Context Camera (CTX) on board Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) observed an upcoming and well-defined dust … Continue reading

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