Gi­gan­tic dust storm grounds Mars rover

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Nasa’s seem­ingly un­stop­pable Mars rover Op­por­tu­nity has been knocked out by a gi­gan­tic dust storm which is en­velop­ing the red planet and blot­ting out the sun.

Of­fi­cials said they are hope­ful the rover will sur­vive the storm, which al­ready cov­ers a quar­ter of Mars and is ex­pected to en­cir­cle the planet in an­other few days.

It could be weeks or even months un­til the sky clears enough for sun­light to reach the Mar­tian sur­face and recharge Op­por­tu­nity’s bat­ter­ies through its so­lar pan­els. For now, the old­est work­ing rover on Mars is stuck in the mid­dle of the rag­ing storm, in round-the-clock dark­ness.

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