Rover knocked out as dust storm en­velops Mars, NASA re­ports

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A NASA rover on Mars has been knocked out by a gi­gan­tic dust storm that is blot­ting out the sun.

Of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day they’re hope­ful the Op­por­tu­nity rover will sur­vive the storm, which cov­ers onequar­ter 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 sur­face and recharge Op­por­tu­nity’s bat­ter­ies through its so­lar pan­els.

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