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7 May 2019
Mars is steadily moving toward the cloudiest time of year at low latitudes, which occurs from about southern mid fall through mid winter. This means that right now, just over 40 Mars sols after fall equinox, we’re expecting to see the cloud cover increasing,…
16 January 2019
Gale Crater has become a lot dustier in recent sols (days) due to a regional dust storm in the southern hemisphere that was spotted by the Mars Climate Sounder team, so we added several extra environmental observations…
8 July 2018
…the entire scene looks a murky red-brown color due to the dust storm.
5 July 2018
The amount of dust over Gale Crater has been slowly declining over the last two weeks and it’s possible the dust storm has reached its ‘peak.’
2 July 2018
This Navcam image shows the occasionally steep edge of the Vera Rubin Ridge on the left side of the image and the dusty haze beyond it that has shrunk our horizons for the last few weeks.
25 June 2018
Despite the global dust storm (more correctly known as a ‘planet encircling dust event’) darkening the skies, our nuclear-powered rover continues to do good science.
20 June 2018
Over the past week or so, Curiosity has experienced increasingly dusty conditions in Gale crater. Unlike her older cousin Opportunity on the other side of the planet, Curiosity is not solar powered…
19 June 2018
Curiosity pulled away from the ‘Duluth’ site yesterday, but given the blocky nature of the ‘Blunts Point’ member and the sand in between those blocks, she did not get far.
18 June 2018
The dust storm that is challenging Opportunity closed in on Gale Crater over the weekend with a substantial increase in dust levels. The storm is no threat to nuclear-powered Curiosity and provides an amazing chance for new science.
17 June 2018
The last time Curiosity drove anywhere was 30 martian days ago. A lot has happened in these past 30 sols.
14 June 2018
The major dust storm that caused the solar-powered Opportunity rover, on the other side of Mars, to shut down has somewhat darkened the skies over Gale Crater, but is not expected to seriously affect Curiosity’s operations.
26 September 2014
Here are the particulars of the image, and what you are seeing from NASA Earth Observatory: More dust blows out of the Sahara Desert and into the atmosphere than from any other desert in the world, and more than half of the dust deposited in the ocean lifts off from these arid North African lands. Saharan dust influences the fertility of Atlantic waters and soils in the Americas. It blocks or reflects …