Mars Dust Storm

Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks.

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Artist's concept of a Mars Exploration Rover

Status Update

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm
June 20, 2018

As of Tuesday morning, June 19, the Martian dust storm had grown in size and was officially a "planet-encircling" (or "global") dust event.

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Estimated as of June 10, 2018

It's Storm Season on Mars

Mars has experienced increased dust storm activity over its northern hemisphere during the past week.
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Chart that shows the storm watch on Mars

Mars Storm Watch Observations

This graphic shows the ongoing contributions of NASA's rovers and orbiters during a Martian dust storm that began on May 30, 2018. Download image ››

Latest Weather
at Gale Crater

Curiosity is on the other side of Mars and is not currently affected by the storm. The rover is monitoring the changing conditions associated with the storm as it evolves.

Sol 2085 June 18
High: -11° -24° F / C
Low: -71° -54° F / C
Sol 2079 June 12
Sol 2080 June 13
Sol 2081 June 14
Sol 2082 June 15
Sol 2083 June 16
Sol 2084 June 17
Sol 2085 June 18