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Huge Mars Dust Storm Could Mean Loss of a NASA Rover

Huge Mars Dust Storm Could Mean Loss of a NASA Rover

A Martian dust storm covering a quarter of the planet threatens to end a 15-year exploration mission by NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover.

“The project team is very concerned,” said John Callas, project manager for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers mission at JPL.

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, in 2014.

Source: NASA JPL

Once the storm clears, even if NASA engineers can re-establish contact with Opportunity, they may find another vexing problem: “We may have a lot of dust on this vehicle that we have to deal with,” Callas said.

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