Dust storm en­velops Mars

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

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

Of­fi­cials are hope­ful the rover will sur­vive the storm, which al­ready cov­ers a quar­ter of Mars.

It could be months un­til the sky clears enough for sun­light to reach the Mar­tian sur­face and recharge Op­por­tu­nity’s bat­ter­ies through its so­lar pan­els.

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