Development of the 2018 dust storm over Gale crater, sols 1997-2085
Curiosity regularly takes pictures of the distant northern crater rim as a way to assess how much dust is in the low-altitude air. Sol 1997 shows the view on a relatively clear day. As the Mars year 34 dust storm developed, Curiosity's view of the rim vanished into dust.
Animation originally aligned and produced by Justin Cowart. Hot pixels and other blemishes painted out by Emily Lakdawalla.