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Mars mega-storm threatens Nasa rover after 14-year mission

Nasa’s Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.

Officials said on Wednesday they were hopeful the rover would survive the storm, which already covers a quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet in another few days. It could be weeks, or even months, until the sky clears enough for sunlight to reach the surface and recharge Opportunity’s batteries through its solar panels.

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Massive dust storm threatens Mars rover Opportunity

An unprecedented dust storm on the surface of the planet Mars has enveloped NASA's oldest working rover Opportunity, the space agency said on Wednesday.

The rover Opportunity has contributed to important scientific findings at NASA, which include evidence that Mars may have held conditions favorable for sustaining microbial life. More recently, the rover has been examining the possibility that geological feature of the red planet's Perseverance Valley was carved out by flowing water, wind erosion or both.


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PHOTO: NASA's Curiosity rover is tracking a huge dust storm on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover is keeping tabs on the huge Martian dust storm that has sidelined its older cousin on the other side of the planet.

The car-size rover started its Mars mission on the crater floor, but it's currently climbing through the foothills of Mount Sharp, which rises 3.4 miles (5.5 km) into the Martian sky from Gale's center.



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