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Mars ‘storm chasers’ seek dusty secrets

Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth — and even more so on Mars. For scientists watching the Red Planet from data gathered by NASA’s orbiters, the past month has been a windfall. “Global” dust storms, where a runaway … Continue reading

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Mars Express: As the dust storm rolled in

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA’s Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds – visible in the right half of the frame – near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year. … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 9-15, 2018

Dusty conditions across Mars as the planet-encircling dust event dragged on for another week. Local-scale dust lifting was spotted over Solis-Sinai and along the developing north polar hood. Each afternoon, water-ice gravity wave (a.k.a. lee wave) clouds trailed from the … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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MARCI weather report, July 2-8, 2018

Dusty conditions continued around the red planet this past week, as the planet-encircling dust event was still ongoing. The colossal dust cloud was still prevalent between the south polar ice cap and the north polar hood. Solis-Sinai and on occasion, … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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Curiosity update: Have we reached the peak?

Sols 2104-06, July 6, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Our primary goal for today’s planning was to continue to approach our next drill location on the Vera Rubin Ridge by paralleling the north side of the ridge (seen … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, June 25-July 1, 2018

For the past week on Mars, the planet-encircling dust event persisted across all hemispheres. Though, active dust-lifting was not occurring everywhere across the planet, regional lifting centers in Solis-Sinai, Hellas, and Elysium continued to sustain a planet-encircling dust cloud of … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5132, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

July 4, 2018: Opportunity Sleeps as Storm Chasers Study Planet-Encircling Dust Cloud: As a monster dust storm grew to encircle the Red Planet in June, Opportunity spent most of the month in the dark, presumably sleeping in a hibernation mode … Continue reading

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