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MARCI weather report, February 4-10, 2019.

Dust storm activity was at a minimum across the tropics and southern highlands of Mars last week. Local storms were observed along the seasonal north polar cap edge, while the polar vortex showed a wave-2 type structure, typical this time … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Wind flow

The atmospheric pressure on Earth at sea level is about 1 bar. On Mars, the pressure is 6 to 10 millibars, or 1/100th that of our planet. But even in this atmosphere, wind still flows around obstacles. In this image … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, Jan 28-Feb 3, 2019

Conditions across Mars were similar to that of the previous week. Dust hazes remained present over many southern hemisphere regions. Looking to the northern hemisphere, a couple of dust storms associated with the north polar hood were observed north of … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, January 21-27, 2019

Elevated levels of atmospheric dust, remnants of a recently abated southern hemisphere regional storm, lingered over most of Mars this past week. At high southern latitudes, the perennial south polar ice cap had reached its minimum summer configuration. While in … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, December 24-30, 2018

Storm activity remained active for the northern hemisphere of Mars this past week. Dust-lifting along the Acidalia storm-track, which started in the previous week, continued south into Aonia Terra. During that time, a subsequent dust storm was spotted over Chryse … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, December 17-23, 2018

A slight uptick in dust-lifting activity was observed last week on Mars. Dust storms over Acidalia Planitia pushed southward along the storm-track towards eastern Valles Marineris. Meanwhile, the plains of Amazonis, Arcadia, and Utopia encountered repeated local-scale dust storms. Looking … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, December 3-9, 2018

Dust lifting events were slightly more abundant for the northern hemisphere of Mars this past week. Near the beginning of the week, dust storm activity observed over Tempe Terra dipped southward towards Chryse Planitia by the following sol. By mid-week, … Continue reading

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InSight: Listening to the wind on Mars

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. A media teleconference about these sounds … Continue reading

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MARCI weather report, Nov 25-Dec 2, 2018

Transient local-scale dust storms brought about dusty conditions over northern Amazonis and southern Phlegra last week. Near the end of the week, dust activity spotted over Xanthe Terra, quickly subsided and pushed a cloud of dust southward to northeast Noachis. … Continue reading

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Curiosity: Windblown tailings from Highfield

Sol 2247, December 2, 2018. The Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) took a photo of the Highfield drill hole and the tailings on the surface around the hole. The wind has scattered some of the tailings, and scientists are studying … Continue reading

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