Opportunity rover goes dark during Mars dust storm

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Isn't the use of the word "storm" and exaggeration, especially since most would liken it to what is considered a storm on Earth? At "storm" on Mars would be like a breezy day on Earth.
 

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Isn't the use of the word "storm" and exaggeration, especially since most would liken it to what is considered a storm on Earth? At "storm" on Mars would be like a breezy day on Earth.
gravity differences, atmosphere differences, temperature differences. pressure differences.

might be a lot worse than earth, might be a hurricane Katrina worthy event, at least on Mars.

even the martian showed what storm on the planet might be like.
 

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gravity differences, atmosphere differences, temperature differences. pressure differences.

might be a lot worse than earth, might be a hurricane Katrina worthy event, at least on Mars.

even the martian showed what storm on the planet might be like.
The storm on The Martian was heavily exaggerated. The atmospheric pressure there is something like 1% of what it is on Earth. Perhaps details of the soil/dust consistency will help explain the results of a breeze in Mars.
 

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Can't be as bad as the dust storm now raging over the Little Karoo as I type. Half of the Great Karoo is being dumped on us in this howling bergwind. :(

Unfortunately Opportunity doesn't have the cleaning capabilities we have. Don't know how they'll clean her panels.
 
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Incorrect, the wind speeds of these dust storms can reach up to 80km/h.
and covers quite an altitude from the ground up.

For your reference:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_of_Mars
if anything the Wind might be stronger as the planet rotates slower than earth, if Im not mistaken
so I think a storm might have more time to build on Mars, might be worse than the WORST Earth storm.

again, all conjecture at this point, as nobody has yet try to fly in the martian atmosphere.
 

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if anything the Wind might be stronger as the planet rotates slower than earth, if Im not mistaken
so I think a storm might have more time to build on Mars, might be worse than the WORST Earth storm.

again, all conjecture at this point, as nobody has yet try to fly in the martian atmosphere.
Not Conjecture at all..

Winds top out at around 60mph in the largest planet encircling storms on Mars which happen once every 5 or 6 years... so half the wind speed of your average hurricane which earth sees multiple of every year.

The issue is only the dust blocking the sun (which kills the storm itself), and the fact that the dust is somewhat electrostatic and very fine so can cause issues.
 

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Hang on little rover, uncle Elon is coming..!!!! :crylaugh: :crylaugh:
 

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Here's hoping Opportunity makes it through ... Curiosity needs you :)
 

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Opportunity discovered aliens, NASA got sidelined and the CIA took over, it's now a black ops project hence going dark.

That's what the tinfoil hat brigade will claim anyway... :D
 

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Sadly it seems the Opportunity Mars Rover did not survive the dust storm. In any case, it far exceeded the initial 90 day mission plan, and made a number of notable discoveries:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47231247

The US space agency (Nasa) has called time on its Opportunity Mars rover.

The six-wheeled robot last contacted Earth in June last year, just before it was enveloped in the darkness of a global dust storm.

Engineers hoped Oppy would power back up when the skies cleared and sunlight hit its solar panels again - but there has not been a peep out of the rover.

The routine prompt commands that have been sent to Opportunity will now end.
The Curiousity Mars Rover continues...
 
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