The storm is now officially “planet-encircling.” At Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover is studying the storm’s effects, dust has starkly increased. Meanwhile, the Opportunity rover stays silent.
Two images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity rover depicting atmospheric changes since a dust storm descended on Gale Crater. The left image shows the "Duluth" drill site on Sol 2058 (May 21); the right image is from Sol 2084 (June 17). Both images have been white balanced and contrast-enhanced. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Mars’ massive dust storms have been challenging – and enticing – scientists for decades. From NASA, here’s the scoop on Martian dust.
This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky blotting out the sun from NASA's Opportunity rover's point of view, with the right side simulating Opportunity's current view in the global dust storm (June 2018). The left starts with a blindingly bright mid-afternoon sky, with the sun appearing bigger because of brightness.
Researchers found the 2 fossils in a South Australian fossil bed dubbed “Alice’s Restaurant Bed,” a tribute to the Arlo Guthrie song lyric “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.”
Two new Ediacaran-era fossils discovered by UCR researchers: Obamus coronatus (left) and Attenborites janeae
See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.
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