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Global Impact Of Massive Martian Dust Storm

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Mars Dust Storm

In June, one of these dust events rapidly engulfed the planet. Scientists first observed a smaller-scale dust storm on May 30. By June 20, it had gone global.


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Watching A Martian Dust Storm Roll In From Orbit

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Martian Dust Storm

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA's Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds - visible in the right half of the frame - near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.

Studying Record-Setting Dust Storm on Mars

Studying Record-Setting Dust Storm on Mars

Worst dust storm in the history of human observation of Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to study the critical weather pattern.


Lingering Frost On Mars' North Pole

Lingering Frost On Mars' North Pole

Mars' north polar layered deposits comprise a thick stack of icy layers.


Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust Storm Haze

Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust Storm Haze

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.


NASA Is Studying An Immense Martian Storm

NASA Is Studying An Immense Martian Storm

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.


Opportunity Rover Hit By Massive Martian Dust Storm

Opportunity Rover Hit By Massive Martian Dust Storm

NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover.


Meteorite Impact On Mars Causes An Avalanche

Meteorite Impact On Mars Causes An Avalanche

This HiRISE image captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.


Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning -- a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm.


NASA: Mars Has Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane

NASA: Mars Has Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane Video in Story

NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.


NASA: Mars Curiosity Rover's Labs Are Back in Action

NASA: Mars Curiosity Rover's Labs Are Back in Action

NASA's Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.


Curiosity is Drilling On Mars Again

Curiosity is Drilling On Mars Again

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them. This past weekend, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in more than a year.


InSight Steers Toward Mars

InSight Steers Toward Mars

The lander is currently encapsulated in a protective aeroshell, which launched on top of an Atlas V 401 rocket on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California.


Restoring Curiosity's Drilling Capabilities

Restoring Curiosity's Drilling Capabilities

NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again.


Helicopter to Fly on Mars 2020 Mission

Helicopter to Fly on Mars 2020 Mission

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars.


Video: Fly Over Neukum Crater on Mars

Video: Fly Over Neukum Crater on Mars

This movie, based on images taken by ESA's Mars Express, showcases the 102 km wide Neukum Crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars.


2018 Humans to Mars Report Released at Humans to Mars Summit

2018 Humans to Mars Report Released at Humans to Mars Summit

"Now in its fourth year, the annual Humans to Mars Report (H2MR) has become one of the most influential publications in the space community", said Rick Zucker, Explore Mars' Vice President (Policy).


A Close Look At The Sands Of Mars

A Close Look At The Sands Of Mars

Using an onboard focusing process, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity created this product by merging two to eight images previously taken by the MAHLI, located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm.



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