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originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
What are we looking at in your gif?
The Martian dust storm has grown in size and is now officially a "planet-encircling" (or "global") dust event.
Though Curiosity is on the other side of Mars from Opportunity, dust has steadily increased over it, more than doubling over the weekend. The atmospheric haze blocking sunlight, called "tau," is now above 8.0 at Gale Crater -- the highest tau the mission has ever recorded. Tau was last measured near 11 over Opportunity, thick enough that accurate measurements are no longer possible for Mars' oldest active rover.
originally posted by: lordcomac
originally posted by: gortex
originally posted by: slatesteam
a reply to: gortex
So another one bites the dust?
I think it all depends on how long the storm lasts , the estimate is a month but it could be longer which could be the end for Opportunity , if the internal clock loses power she won't wake up.
Really? I would think that if the storm cleared and the panels were clear enough to generate power, the system would be configured to power up by default- even if at factory settings, it could still call home...