Nasa rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Nasa’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm which is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.

Officials said they are hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers a quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet in another few days.

It could be weeks or even months until the sky clears enough for sunlight to reach the Martian surface and recharge Opportunity’s batteries through its solar panels.

For now, Mars’s oldest working rover is stuck in the middle of the raging storm, in round-the-clock darkness.

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