Skip to comments.NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars
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.
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Dont they have a charging station there?
Mars must really be Hicksville.
Could have been Howard wolowtz making the rover do donuts.
Anyone know where you can buy a plutonium powered heater? They sound like they work well.
Yes. It’s called the sun.
Stalled because of a dust storm. What happens if the solar panels which fuel this thing are permanently covered with sand?
It will be fine!........
Oldie but a goodie!.........
The Rover shoulda dug/drilled a cave to live in in bad weather.
Hopefully there are onboard batteries that will last long enough to allow the rover to shake the sand off after the storm ends.
This thing was supposed to have an active on-planet lifespan of 90 days.
Today is day 5255.
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?
You send Marvin over to brush his hat on it.
The sun is a charging station?
I want to shake the hand of the electrician who wired up the sun.
Ill bet its 220.
[ 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...
Yeah, but how many miles it got on it?
(Sorry...we’re car shopping at the moment)
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