Martian Dust Storm Sends NASA's Opportunity Rover into Hibernation Mode

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NASA first caught wind of the dust storm when its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected traces of the emerging weather system on June 1. Within a few days, the storm exploded in size, and it now covers an area measuring 7 million square miles, which is larger than North America. NASA’s Opportunity rover is currently within the affected region, prompting mission controllers to suspend normal operations as the rover waits out the storm.

The situation is actually quite perilous. The dust storm (not


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