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Mars: June 2018



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.


NASA's Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.