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Opportunity recovery efforts: Six things

NASA’s Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover. Now that scientists think the global dust storm is “decaying” — meaning more dust is falling out of … Continue reading

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Weather update from Gale Crater

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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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Weather update from Gale Crater

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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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Opportunity: Still no change in status

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, August 7, 2018: There is no news since the last status update. As reported last week, the planet-encircling dust storm on Mars is showing indications of peaking and perhaps decaying. Dust lifting sites have … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Dust storm may have peaked

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, August 2, 2018: The planet-encircling dust storm on Mars is showing indications of peaking and perhaps decaying. Dust lifting sites have decreased in extent and some surface features are starting to become visible. The storm … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5162, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

August 1, 2018: Dust Storm Wanes, Opportunity Sleeps, Team Prepares Recovery Strategy: Opportunity may be seeing the light again, a little sunlight that is. As the veteran Mars Exploration Rover (MER) slept in Endeavour Crater’s Perseverance Valley under the thick … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, July 23-29, 2018

During the past week, dust continued to gradually settle out of the martian atmosphere as part of the long decay phase of the planet-encircling dust event. Regional surface albedo features, such as Noachis, Syrtis, Cimmeria, and Sirenum became more prominent. … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Deep sleep continues beneath raging dust storm

[Editor note: Entry bumped because of update] NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, updated at 2:25 p.m. PDT on July 26, 2018: It’s the beginning of the end for the planet-encircling dust storm on Mars. But it could still be … Continue reading

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