The Curiosity photo shows how the dust has covered Mars as the storm expands to surround the planet WHOLE

A striking image shared by the space agency today shows the dramatic atmospheric changes caused by the event "planets on the planet" in recent weeks, with sites that were once clearly visible now obscured by dust dyed red. Although Curiosity is on the opposite side of the red planet as Opportunity, the increasing dust has come to an end in recent days

The huge Martian dust storm that hits NASA's Opportunity rover has grown to a global ratio, and now it also has Curiosity in its sights.

A striking image shared by the space agency today shows the dramatic atmospheric changes caused by the "planet roundup" event in recent weeks, with sites that were once clearly visible now obscured by dust dyed red.

While Opportunity's fate remains unclear, the Curiosity rover, equipped with a nuclear power battery, has managed to document fragments of the event that are getting worse.

Now, according to NASA, the haze that blocks sunlight has reached the highest levels the mission has ever recorded.

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A striking image shared by the space agency today shows the dramatic atmospheric changes caused by the event "planets on the planet" in recent weeks, with sites that were once clearly visible now obscured by dust dyed red. Although Curiosity is on the opposite side of the red planet as Opportunity, the increasing dust has come to an end in recent days

A striking image shared by today's space agency shows the dramatic atmospheric changes caused by the event of the "surrounding circle" in recent weeks, with sites that were once clearly visible now obscured by dust dyed red. Although Curiosity is on the opposite side of the red planet as Opportunity, the increasing dust has come to an end in recent days

One side by side of the images captured with the MastCam of the Curiosity rover shows how extreme the storm has been, comparing the drilling site "Duluth & # 39; on May 21 and June 17.

Although Curiosity is on the opposite side of the red planet, the increasing dust has come to an end in recent days. During this past weekend, the dust in its surroundings more than doubled. The haze, known as "tau", now exceeds 8.0 in Gale Crater, according to NASA.

Tau was last measured about 11 on Opportunity, thick enough so that accurate measurements are no longer possible for the oldest active rover on Mars, the space agency says.

NASA's veteran Mars explorer has been crouching for weeks amid an unprecedented dust storm.

Opportunity rover was silent on June 12, when the engineers tried to contact the 15-year-old rover but received no response.

At a press conference on June 13, scientists involved in the Opportunity mission confirmed that the rover has been asleep & # 39; while waiting for the storm that has blocked the sun, effectively cutting off its energy supply.

The storm has been growing since the end of May, and by mid-June it had already covered 14 million square miles (35 million square kilometers) of the surface of Mars, or a quarter of the planet.

Now, experts say it has become a dust event that surrounds the planet, although they do not know very well what is driving it.

The animation above shows how the storm has hit rover Opportunity in recent weeks. Scientists say they are concerned about their fate, but continue to hope that they wake up when the storm dies

"We do not have a good idea," said Scott D. Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, about why some storms grow so much, while others evaporate quickly.

With a layer of dust that blots the sun over Perseverance Valley, Opportunity's solar panels have not been able to charge the rover's battery.

And, it will probably take several more days before enough sunlight arrives to give it some juice.

"The project team is very concerned," Opportunity Project Manager John Callas said during the NASA press conference earlier this month.

"We are observing the weather and listening to signals."

The first signs of a dust storm appeared on May 30. The team was notified and formed a 3-day plan to carry the rover over the weekend. But, when the weekend passed, the storm was still continuing, with the atmospheric opacity, or the amount of dust in the atmosphere (in the image above), jumping drastically with each day. As of June 20, it's still going

The first signs of a dust storm appeared on May 30. The team was notified and formed a 3-day plan to carry the rover over the weekend. But, when the weekend passed, the storm was still continuing, with the atmospheric opacity, or the amount of dust in the atmosphere (in the image above), jumping drastically with each day. As of June 20, it's still going

The first signs of a dust storm appeared on May 30. The team was notified and formed a 3-day plan to carry the rover over the weekend. But, when the weekend passed, the storm was still continuing, with the atmospheric opacity, or the amount of dust in the atmosphere (in the image above), jumping drastically with each day. As of June 20, it's still going

NASA's veteran Mars explorer has been crouching in the midst of an unprecedented dust storm that is now officially a 'dust event that surrounds the planet. & # 39; The storm has been growing since the end of May

NASA's veteran Mars explorer has been crouching in the midst of an unprecedented dust storm that is now officially a 'dust event that surrounds the planet. & # 39; The storm has been growing since the end of May

NASA's veteran Mars explorer has been crouching in the midst of an unprecedented dust storm that is now officially a 'dust event that surrounds the planet. & # 39; The storm has been growing since the end of May

According to Callas, the first signs of an emerging dust storm appeared on May 30. The team received a notification, and prepared a 3-day plan to carry the rover over the weekend.

But, when the weekend passed, the storm continued, with the atmospheric opacity, or the amount of dust in the atmosphere, which increased drastically with each day.

"The rover has gone to sleep," Callas said during the conference. & # 39; It is in this low power mode and will remain in that low power mode until there is enough power to charge the batteries above the threshold.

"At that time, the rover will try to wake up autonomously and communicate with us, we are in standby mode, we hear possible signals every day.

The team is also monitoring the rover's temperature, since prolonged darkness means it will cool down. So far, experts say it should stay above the minimum temperature necessary to continue its long-term operations.

"We should be able to overcome this storm," said Callas. "When the heavens clear and the rover starts to light, you should start communicating with us."

An incredible image of NASA's Curiosity Rover, taken in the context of a violent dust storm on Mars, has been sent to Earth. The self-portrait of the rover was taken from its current location in Gale Crater. However, a thick mist of particles obscures the mountains and rocky outcrops that should be visible in the distance.

An incredible image of NASA's Curiosity Rover, taken in the context of a violent dust storm on Mars, has been sent to Earth. The self-portrait of the rover was taken from its current location in Gale Crater. However, a thick mist of particles obscures the mountains and rocky outcrops that should be visible in the distance.

An incredible image of NASA's Curiosity Rover, taken in the context of a violent dust storm on Mars, has been sent to Earth. The self-portrait of the rover was taken from its current location in Gale Crater. However, a thick mist of particles obscures the mountains and rocky outcrops that should be visible in the distance.

THE OPPORTUNITY TO KILL MARTIAN MEGASTRO: WHAT DO WE KNOW?

The storm of Martian dust that has wiped the sun on Opportunity has continued to intensify.

The storm has been growing since the end of May, and by mid-June it had already covered 14 million square miles (35 million square kilometers) of the surface of Mars, or a quarter of the planet.

Now, experts say it has become a dust event that spins in planetary circles, although they do not know very well what is driving it.

This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky that erases the Sun from NASA's Opportunity Rover viewpoint, with the right side simulating Opportunity's current vision in the global dust storm (June 2018). The left begins with a dazzlingly bright sky in the middle of the afternoon, with the sun appearing larger due to the brightness. The right shows the Sun so darkened by the dust that it looks like a puncture. Each frame corresponds to a tau value, or opacity measurement: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.

This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky that erases the Sun from NASA's Opportunity Rover viewpoint, with the right side simulating Opportunity's current vision in the global dust storm (June 2018). The left begins with a dazzlingly bright sky in the middle of the afternoon, with the sun appearing larger due to the brightness. The right shows the Sun so darkened by the dust that it looks like a puncture. Each frame corresponds to a tau value, or opacity measurement: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.

This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky that erases the Sun from NASA's Opportunity Rover viewpoint, with the right side simulating Opportunity's current vision in the global dust storm (June 2018). The left begins with a dazzlingly bright sky in the middle of the afternoon, with the sun appearing larger due to the brightness. The right shows the Sun so darkened by the dust that it looks like a puncture. Each frame corresponds to a tau value, or opacity measurement: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11.

This chart compares atmospheric opacity in different years of Mars from the point of view of NASA's Opportunity rover. The green peak in 2018 (Mars Year 34) shows how fast the global dust storm that was forming on Mars erased the sky. A previous dust storm in 2007 (red, Mars Year 28) was slower to build

This chart compares atmospheric opacity in different years of Mars from the point of view of NASA's Opportunity rover. The green peak in 2018 (Mars Year 34) shows how fast the global dust storm that was forming on Mars erased the sky. A previous dust storm in 2007 (red, Mars Year 28) was slower to build

This chart compares atmospheric opacity in different years of Mars from the point of view of NASA's Opportunity rover. The green peak in 2018 (Mars Year 34) shows how fast the global dust storm that was forming on Mars erased the sky. A previous dust storm in 2007 (red, Mars Year 28) was slower to build

When the orbiter's team saw the storm approaching Opportunity, they notified the rover team that they would start preparing the contingency plans.

In a matter of days, the storm had exploded.

It now covers more than 7 million square miles (18 million square kilometers), an area larger than North America, and includes the current location of Opportunity in the Perseverance Valley.

More importantly, the swirling dust has raised atmospheric opacity, or "tau" in the valley.

This is comparable to an extremely smoggy day that blots the sunlight. The mobile uses solar panels to provide power and recharge their batteries.

Opportunity's power levels had been significantly reduced by Wednesday, June 6, which required the mobile to switch to minimum operations.

On June 12, NASA confirmed that the rover had been silent.

NASA, however, is anticipating the "complexity" with the rover's mission clock. Without enough energy to maintain its mission clock, which is currently thought to be the only instrument that still works, the rover will not know what time it is.

When the rover wakes up, it will set its timers at regular intervals to see if it can communicate with Earth, the researchers explain.

Meanwhile, the team will have to wait.

"We will be ready to listen and respond to the rover when that happens," Callas said.

"So we're worried, but we're hopeful that the storm will clear up and the rover will start communicating with us."

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