NASA's Curiosity rover captures images of Martian dust storm

NASA's Curiosity Rover Captured Martian Duststorm. Here's How It Looks

Nasa's Curiosity rover captures photos of Mars dust storm

"NASA reports in a news release that the dust storm has continued to grow in size over the course of the past two weeks, and is now a "planet-encircling" dust event". "Regardless, the project doesn's expect to hear back from Opportunity until the skies begin to clear over the rover".

"It was pronounced to be a global dust storm, meaning that it's pretty much affecting the entire planet", said Crumpler.

Precisely as in the video I was talking about in the introduction, "Red Rover" game also employed the data and images collected by the NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter which is in the Mars' orbit since 2006 and collects precious scientific data.

On Tuesday, NASA said the dust storm had encircled the Red Planet with global coverage, and a fleet of orbiters circling Mars are surveying the storm's evolution. By the first week it took the size of North America, then "quickly doubled in size", and eventually continued growing. The current storm, on the other hand, has starkly increased dust levels at Gale Crater, where the Curiosity rover was deployed to study the storm's effects from the surface.

The dust storm raging on Mars shows no signs of abating. Guzewich is leading the Curiosity rover's dust storm work.

On Mars, the sky is dust.

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While this storm is huge, Opportunity made it through an even bigger one in 2007.

The US space agency also added that the Mars Curiosity Rover used its Mast Camera also known as the Mastcam this month in order to snap pictures of the intensifying haziness on the surface of Mars which has been caused by the massive dust storm of tiny particles.

According to NASA, the Mars Close Approach happens roughly every 26 months when Earth and Mars come nearest to each other in their orbits around the sun.

The current climate phenomenon is not as great as the one in 2007 that Opportunity previously resisted, but it is different from the massive ones observed by the Mariner 9 (1971-1972) and Mars Global Surveyor (2001) probes, they noted. These include the structure of our thicker atmosphere and stronger gravity that helps settle dust.

The tau, which is what the haze blocking the sunlight is called, has reached a level of 8 over Gale Crater where Curiosity hangs out. Opportunity is experiencing 11 Tau, a high enough value to make any accurate measurements from its instruments impossible. Curiosity is taking longer exposures due to low-light conditions and even rotates its camera to focus on the ground to avoid dust that is blown its way. This sun-obstructing wall of haze is about six to eight times thicker than normal for this time of season. Sometimes the storms are so intense and kick up enough dust that they can be seen by telescopes on Earth. This enhances the process by helping suspend the dust particles in the air.

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