Mars rover runs dead

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

NASA’S seem­ingly un­stop­pable Mars rover, Op­por­tu­nity, has been knocked out by a huge dust storm that is en­velop­ing the planet and block­ing the sun.

Of­fi­cials hope the rover will sur­vive the storm, which is ex­pected to en­cir­cle the planet in a few days.

But it could be weeks or even months un­til the sky clears enough for sun­light to recharge the rover’s bat­ter­ies through its so­lar pan­els.

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

Flight con­trollers have tried to con­tact Op­por­tu­nity, but the rover did not re­spond.

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