Dust Storms on Mars

Perseverance Watches a Dust Devil Whirl Past

The Perseverance rover captured images of a dust devil on Mars, which were used to create this video.

5 months ago

Dust Storms on Mars Generate Static Electricity. What Does This Do to Its Surface?

A new study shows how electrical discharges caused by Martian storms drives some major chemical processes on the planet's surface.

1 year ago

Ingenuity is Doing Surprisingly Well

After months of extreme cold, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter appears to be back in working order.

1 year ago

“Good Night Oppy” Beautifully Illustrates the Unbreakable Bond Between Humans and our Robotic Explorers

In January 2004, NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity (aka “Oppy”) landed in two completely different locations on Mars. Their missions…

1 year ago

Dust Storms on Mars Continue to Make the Planet Drier

Combining data from three Mars orbiter missions, a team of scientists have found undeniably proof that regional dust storms are…

3 years ago

Dust Particles in the Martian Atmosphere can Create Static Electricity, but not Enough to Endanger the Rovers

Lightning is one of the most powerful forces in nature.  Up to 1 billion volts of electricity can flow into…

3 years ago

A Combined Map of Almost 15,000 Dust Storms on Mars

Data in the world of astronomy is spread out in so many different places.  There are archives for instruments on…

3 years ago

When Martian Storms Really Get Going, they Create Towers of Dust 80 Kilometers High

When a huge dust storm on Mars—like the one in 2018—reaches its full power, it can turn into a globe-bestriding…

4 years ago

The Global Dust Storm that Ended Opportunity Helped Teach us how Mars Lost its Water

The enduring, and maybe endearing, mystery around Mars is what happened to its water? We can say with near-certainty now,…

5 years ago

This is the Final Photograph from Opportunity

Sad. But beautiful. NASA has shared Opportunity's final photograph from the surface of Mars. The rover's final resting place is…

5 years ago