MASSIVE STORM SILENCES MARS ROVER
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.