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Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
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[Image: duststorm_wide-cab3a151020631880d653f8b6...00-c85.png]
These two views from NASA's Curiosity rover, acquired specifically to measure the amount of dust inside Gale Crater, show that dust has increased over three days from a major Martian dust storm. The left-hand image shows a view of the east-northeast rim of Gale Crater on June 7, 2018 (Sol 2074); the right-hand image shows a view of the same feature on June 10, 2018 (Sol 2077).

A massive dust storm on Mars is threatening NASA's Opportunity rover, which has been conducting research on the Red Planet for well over a decade.

Where the rover sits, the dust storm has completely blotted out the sun, depriving Opportunity of solar power and cutting off communications with Earth.

NASA scientists believe the rover has fallen asleep to wait out the storm, and that when the dust storm dies down and sunlight returns, the rover will resume activity.

"We're concerned, but we're hopeful that the storm will clear and the rover will begin to communicate with us," says John Callas, the Opportunity project manager.

The rover has survived dust storms before, but it's never lost power this thoroughly.

The dust storm on Mars grew from a small, local storm into a massive event over the course of the last two weeks. Opportunity is located near the middle of the storm, while the newer rover Curiosity — which is nuclear-powered, so not threatened by the loss of sunlight — is currently near the storm's edge.

Last week, scientists who watched as the dust storm grew more and more intense responded by reducing Opportunity's activity levels, to save power generated by the rover's solar panels. But they kept checking in on a regular basis.

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https://www.npr.org/2018/06/13/619573721...nity-rover

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/13/us/ma...index.html

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/2711...nity-rover

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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
it will climb its way out
what's causing the wind? what is the wind made of?

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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
Uppity Me  Wrote: (06-15-2018 01:47 AM)
it will climb its way out
what's causing the wind? what is the wind made of?

Quote:The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter first spotted the beginnings of this super-storm on June 1st. The MRO team notified Opportunity’s controllers as soon as they saw how close it was to the rover. It didn’t take long for the dust storm to grow in size to cover more than 7 million square miles (11.2 million square kilometers), which is larger than North America.

That's from the last link.. The Extreme tech website.. It's a monster storm...

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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
It will be okay. Something there keeps fixing it and cleaning its solar panels.
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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
Uppity Me  Wrote: (06-15-2018 01:47 AM)
it will climb its way out
what's causing the wind? what is the wind made of?

Winds on earth are caused by the sun. I guess it's reasonable to assume the same goes for mars.

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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
Uppity Me  Wrote: (06-15-2018 01:47 AM)
it will climb its way out
what's causing the wind? what is the wind made of?

It won't be able to climb out unless and until it's solar panels are cleared of dust in order to recharge it's batteries. If it ends up under four feet of dust, it could be a very long time before that happens, if ever. chuckle
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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-15-2018 01:52 AM)
It will be okay. Something there keeps fixing it and cleaning its solar panels.

hehe I see what you did here... chuckle
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I always wondered why NASA don't land on Olympus Mons, way up above the Martian atmosphere and plenty of scope for geology.
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LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-15-2018 03:14 AM)
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chuckle
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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
Uppity Me  Wrote: (06-15-2018 01:47 AM)
it will climb its way out
what's causing the wind? what is the wind made of?

Climate change.chuckle
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RE: Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
LoP Guest  Wrote: (06-15-2018 01:52 AM)
It will be okay. Something there keeps fixing it and cleaning its solar panels.

this is true!









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