Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/ ^ | 6/13/18 | Marcia Dunn

Posted on 06/14/2018 5:11:47 PM PDT by BBell

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's seemingly unstoppable 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 Wednesday they're hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet in another few days. It could be weeks or even months, though, until the sky clears enough for sunlight to reach the Martian surface and recharge Opportunity's batteries through its solar panels.

For now, Mars' oldest working rover is stuck in the middle of the raging storm, in round-the-clock darkness.

"By no means are we out of the woods here," said John Callas, the Opportunity project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "This storm is threatening, and we don't know how long it will last, and we don't know what the environment will be like once it clears."

Flight controllers tried late Tuesday night to contact Opportunity, but the rover did not respond. The storm has been growing since the end of May with unprecedented speed.

(Excerpt) Read more at winnipegfreepress.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: duststorm; mars; nasa; opportunity; rover
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-45 next last
Last gasp of Opportunity? I guess we will have to wait until the dust settles.
1 posted on 06/14/2018 5:11:47 PM PDT by BBell
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: BBell

Don’t they have a charging station there?

Mars must really be Hicksville.


2 posted on 06/14/2018 5:14:09 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell

Could have been Howard wolowtz making the rover do donuts.


3 posted on 06/14/2018 5:14:57 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell
I believe they shut it down, anticipating the dust storm effect that stopped the other rover. After the dust clears, we will see
4 posted on 06/14/2018 5:15:55 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Anyone know where you can buy a plutonium powered heater? They sound like they work well.


5 posted on 06/14/2018 5:16:19 PM PDT by BBell (not drinking, just a smart a$$)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: blueunicorn6

Yes. It’s called the sun.


6 posted on 06/14/2018 5:17:13 PM PDT by BBell (not drinking, just a smart a$$)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: BBell

Trump’s fault


7 posted on 06/14/2018 5:17:37 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is EVIL and needs to be eradicated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell
I'm looking over my dead 🐕 Rover.
8 posted on 06/14/2018 5:17:53 PM PDT by Raycpa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell

Stalled because of a dust storm. What happens if the solar panels which fuel this thing are permanently covered with sand?


9 posted on 06/14/2018 5:18:39 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Mother nature is a serial killer......)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell

It will be fine!........


10 posted on 06/14/2018 5:18:49 PM PDT by Red Badger (When Obama and VJ go to prison for treason, will Roseanne get her show back?...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Raycpa

Oldie but a goodie!.........


11 posted on 06/14/2018 5:19:45 PM PDT by Red Badger (When Obama and VJ go to prison for treason, will Roseanne get her show back?...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: BBell

Trump’s fault.


12 posted on 06/14/2018 5:19:52 PM PDT by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell

The Rover shoulda dug/drilled a cave to live in in bad weather.


13 posted on 06/14/2018 5:20:41 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hot Tabasco

Hopefully there are onboard batteries that will last long enough to allow the rover to shake the sand off after the storm ends.


14 posted on 06/14/2018 5:21:08 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: BBell

This thing was supposed to have an active on-planet lifespan of 90 days.

Today is day 5255.


15 posted on 06/14/2018 5:22:06 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Number of arrested coup conspirators to date: 1)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BBell

The storm has been growing since the end of May with unprecedented speed.

At least it wasn’t Ludicrous speed!

Why didn’t they power down before this?


16 posted on 06/14/2018 5:22:20 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hot Tabasco

You send Marvin over to brush his hat on it.


17 posted on 06/14/2018 5:23:50 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: BBell

The sun?

The sun is a charging station?

I want to shake the hand of the electrician who wired up the sun.

I’ll bet it’s 220.


18 posted on 06/14/2018 5:24:52 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: BBell

[ Anyone know where you can buy a plutonium powered heater? They sound like they work well. ]

Hillary might, she has had dealings with uranium one...


19 posted on 06/14/2018 5:25:11 PM PDT by GraceG ("Q is dead, been dead a for a while...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: thoughtomator

Yeah, but how many miles it got on it?

(Sorry...we’re car shopping at the moment)


20 posted on 06/14/2018 5:28:54 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (For dark is the suede that mows like a harvest.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-4041-45 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson