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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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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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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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Opportunity: Still mum, but at least it’s visible

NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least the agency can see it again. A new image produced by HiRISE shows a small object on the slopes of Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Up above the dust clouds

When much of Mars was enshrouded by a recent massive dust storm, HiRISE captured this clear view of the surface because of the target’s unique location. Olympus Mons is the biggest volcano in the Solar System, reaching a height of … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Martian haze

A massive, planet-encircling dust storm occurred on Mars during the summer of 2018, resulting in many images where the surface could not be seen due to the dust. This is a problem for HiRISE but also gives us an exciting … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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MARCI weather report, September 10-16, 2018

Multiple local-scale dust storms picked up along the seasonal south polar ice cap of Mars this past week. This activity that extended over Aonia, Cimmeria, and near the Mountains of Mitchel generated a diffuse dust cloud along the cap edge. … Continue reading

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