12
Jun
2018

Opportunity rover may be dying as Martian storm intensifies

Even if the storm abates, it will take several days for the batteries to recharge enough for Opportunity to go back online. Unfortunately, the storm is growing in strength and may engulf all of Mars. The only good news is that it’s early summer in the region, the dust is acting as an insulator, and the storm is warming the air, so the rover is being kept at a temperature above its failure level. However, if the storm continues for very long or too much dust settles on the solar panels, then this could mean the end of Opportunity.

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