• Mars Weather

MARS-WEATHER.jpg

"Dust Devils" seen on Mars

by the Curiosity Rover

On recent summer afternoons on Mars, navigation cameras aboard NASA's Curiosity Mars rover observed several whirlwinds carrying Martian dust across Gale Crater. Dust devils result from sunshine warming the ground, prompting convective rising of air. All the dust devils were seen in a southward direction from the rover. Timing is accelerated and contrast has been modified to make frame-to-frame changes easier to see.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU

Clouds on Mars producing snow

In 2008, NASA learned from the Phoenix Mars lander that it snows in the Mars northern hemisphere — perhaps quite regularly – from clouds made of water vapour.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/

Texas A&M University

More info

Curiosity Rover watches Martian clouds on the move

In May 2019, the Curiosity rover captured several images of the water ice 'noctilucent' clouds moving across the sky.
Credit: Space.com/footage courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech

/ produced and edited by Steve Spaleta

More info

Watching Martian clouds go by

In March 2008, Opportunity turned its rover eyes skyward to observe clouds drifting overhead that look like cirrus clouds on Earth – featherlike formations composed mostly of ice crystals.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU/Texas A&M/

Navigation camera

More info

Dust Devils on Mars Seen By The Curiosity Rover

MRO MARCI Weather Report

In 2008, NASA learned from the Phoenix Mars lander that it snows on  Mars. The MARCI acquires a global view of the red planet and its weather patterns every day. Click and play the movie (.mp4 file) to see how the weather on Mars changed during 5-11th March 2018.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
More info