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Massive Martian dust storm has put Opportunity rover in a low-power sleep

3 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / The vanishing Sun, progressively obscured by the dust storm on Mars.
Over the weekend, NASA declared a spacecraft emergency for its remarkably durable rover Opportunity. The culprit? A dust storm blocked out a record amount of sunlight on the Martian surface, leaving the rover critically short of power. On Wednesday, the agency held a press conference to describe what was going on and explain why its scientists and engineers are optimistic that we'll hear more from the rover once the storm clears up. That may be several weeks from now, however, and said engineers will...
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