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Opportunity Dust Storm

Another moment in the sun for nasas mars rover as planet wide dust storm continues to subside. The previous storm had an opacity level or tau somewhere above 55.

As Massive Dust Storm Rages On Mars Opportunity Rover Falls Silent Space

The storms atmospheric opacity the veil of dust blowing around which can blot out sunlight is now much worse than a 2007 storm that opportunity weathered.

Opportunity dust storm. No signal from opportunity has been heard since sol 5111 june 10 2018 during. The 2018 storm had an estimated tau value of 108 on june 10 and the storm spanned an area of 41 million km 2 16 million sq mi the approximate area of both north america and russia combined. Science operations for nasas opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it waits out a growing dust storm on mars.

The storm is expected to increase in opacity tau at the rover site to greater than 15 over the next few days. A fast moving dust storm blotted the sun out of the martian sky above nasas opportunity rover this week forcing the 15 year old droid to temporarily shut down to conserve energy. While it may sound ominous it isnt totally unexpected since this massive dust storm has essentially rendered.

This new storm had an estimated tau of 108 as of sunday morning. Due to the 2018 dust storms on mars opportunity entered hibernation mode on june 12 but it remained silent after the storm subsided in. After a multi month long global dust storm on our favorite red planet our fears might be true.

It appears that the opportunity rover might actually be deadthis global dust storm started up in june and on june 10 nasa lost communication with the 15 year old opportunity. Nasas opportunity rover to get some sun as mars dust storm wanes. Dust storm activity appears to have picked up again with a regional storm tracking south about 124 miles 200 kilometers to the west of opportunity.

Dust storms have occurred quite frequently when mars is closest to the sun. Opportunity has not experienced such high tau levels since the last dust storm in 2007 which had an estimated tau value of 55. And because dust storms tend to warm the environment and the 2018 storm happened as opportunitys location on mars entered summer the rover should have stayed warm enough to survive.

Global dust storms in 2007 reduced power levels for opportunity and spirit so much they could only run for a few minutes each day. A planet wide dust storm in summer of 2018 shut the martian rover down due to its solar panels being blocked from debris and the long duration spent without power apparently led to a series of.

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