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Mars: March 2017



As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics -- Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun.


A regional dust storm currently swelling on Mars follows unusually closely on one that blossomed less than two weeks earlier and is now dissipating, as seen in daily global weather monitoring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


The North Polar layered deposits are a 3-kilometer thick stack of dusty water ice layers that are about 1000 kilometers across.