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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Left Navigation Camera (Navcams) on Sol 2084 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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. This is the first chance to take surface meteorological measurements from inside such a large dust storm. Two sols ago, this was the murky view from Navcam looking behind the rover and the amount of dust increased even more as of yestersol.

Today's plan features a wide range of observations to study the storm as part of our "dust storm campaign" including a Navcam dust devil survey, suprahorizon movie, and a zenith movie. We're also testing how quickly the amount of dust varies by doing a pair of Navcam line-of-sight dust measurements 15 minutes apart and two Mastcam "tau" measurements 1 hour and 30 minutes apart. Lastly, we scheduled a Mastcam "sky survey" to understand the properties of the dust particles themselves by way of how they scatter sunlight.

Aside from storm-related activities, the GEO working group targeted some remote-sensing observations of "Young Lake" and "Bass Lake" with ChemCam and Mastcam and then we'll drive away from this location.

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These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.

Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.

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