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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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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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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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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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Opportunity: Attempting contact multiple times a day

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, September 12, 2018: The Opportunity team is increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the rover via the dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, September 3-9, 2018

Slightly hazy conditions continued across many regions of Mars last week. Near the start and end of the week, a couple small dust lifting events occurred over the low-latitudes of Noachis Terra. Looking to the eastern hemisphere, a transient local-scale … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5193, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

September 9, 2018: NASA Focuses on Recovering Opportunity as Storm Diminishes and Dust Settles: The dust raising power of the storms that wrapped Mars in a cloud in June and July diminished in August, sending all that powdery stuff back … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, Aug 27-Sept 2, 2018

Dusty atmospheric conditions resulting from the planetary-encircling dust event continued to wane across much of Mars for the past week. Looking to the equatorial latitudes, a couple short-lived dust events were observed over North Central Noachis Terra. Further west, dust … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, August 20-26, 2018

Afternoon skies became less dusty as dust continued to settle out of the atmosphere this past week. In the middle of the week, local dust storm activity returned to Noachis Terra. During that time, a dust storm pushed southward over … Continue reading

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