MAS­SIVE STORM SI­LENCES MARS ROVER

Ottawa Citizen - - WORLD -

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. A NASA rover on Mars has been knocked out by gi­gan­tic dust storm that en­velops the planet and blots out the sun.

Of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day they’re hope­ful the Op­por­tu­nity rover will sur­vive the storm, which al­ready cov­ers one-quar­ter of Mars and is ex­pected to en­cir­cle the red 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 com­plete round-the-clock dark­ness.

AFPPHOTO/NASA

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