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Nov 26, 2012

Massive Mars Dust Storm Tracked

NASA keeps on delivering some awesome footage from the red planet. Now NASA brings us a massive dust do storm spotted by its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The effects of the dust storm has showed a drop in atmospheric clarity, drop in air pressure and increased nighttime temps from rovers Curiosity and Opportunity.

The dust storm is quite large to the point it is classified as a regional dust storm. Instead of reflecting sunlight, it is absorbing it and causing the entire planet to heat up 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the dust storm keeps expanding, there is slight chance Opportunity’s solar panels can be caked with dust, reducing its energy supply. Curiosity on the other hand has radioisotope thermoelectric generator that won’t be affected by the dust storms. More here.

3 comments:

Al Penwasser said...

The entire planet is experiencing global warming? Those damn Martians and their SUVs.

Evan said...

Space legitimately scares me. It's just crazy to think that there is other sustainable life out there

YeamieWaffles said...

This is scary news but exciting at the same time, what they're doing on Mars is a seriously interesting project so thanks for the update man.