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7 May 2019

Sols 2400-2401: Just a cloud at twilight…

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

Sol 2292: Dust to Dust

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

Sol 2107: Heading Back to the Great Red Spot

…the entire scene looks a murky red-brown color due to the dust storm.


5 July 2018

Sol 2104-06: Have we reached the peak?

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

Sol 2100-2101: Back on Top

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

Sols 2090-2092: Watch the Skies

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

Sols 2088-2089: A Dusty Day on Mars

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

Sol 2087: Slippery slope

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

Sol 2086: Dusty Skies

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

Sols 2083-2085: 30 Sols and Done

The last time Curiosity drove anywhere was 30 martian days ago. A lot has happened in these past 30 sols.


14 June 2018

Sol 2082: A New MAHLI selfie

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

Saharan Dust Storm Below Towering Thunderstorms

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 …