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NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

Where Martian Dust Comes From

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator, scientists have found.

Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories.

Evidence for the Red Planet's watery past is prevalent across its surface in the form of vast dried-out river valley networks and gigantic outflow channels clearly imaged by orbiting spacecraft.

In June, one of these dust events rapidly engulfed the planet. Scientists first observed a smaller-scale dust storm on May 30. By June 20, it had gone global.

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA's Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds - visible in the right half of the frame - near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.

Worst dust storm in the history of human observation of Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to study the critical weather pattern.

Mars' north polar layered deposits comprise a thick stack of icy layers.

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.

NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover.

This HiRISE image captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.

NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning -- a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm.

NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.

In early Martian summer, at the time NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image, the dunes are almost free of their seasonal ice cover.

NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again.

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars.

This movie, based on images taken by ESA's Mars Express, showcases the 102 km wide Neukum Crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars.

A Close Look At The Sands Of Mars

Using an onboard focusing process, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity created this product by merging two to eight images previously taken by the MAHLI, located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm.

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned the first images of the Red Planet from its new orbit.

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