From Folk Mechanics
Every six to eight years, massive dust storms can envelop the entire surface of Mars. NASA's Mars probes are currently watching one unfold over the red planet. Scientists saw a small dust storm on May 30, and by June 20, had become "global" and devoured the entire planet. For the NASA Opportunity Rover, the visibility dropped from a sunny day to a cloudy one. Because the rover is powered by solar energy, the researchers suspended it to save its batteries. According to NASA, it could take until September to calm the dust, and the opportunity will come back.
Meanwhile, Mars Curiosity is on mission to acquire rock samples and study the storm from the surface of Mars itself. Another orbiter is investigating the high atmosphere of Mars, 100 kilometers above the surface, where the dust does not arrive. Every time you see Mars in the sky in the coming weeks, NASA advises: "Remember how many data scientists are better at understanding the mysterious weather of the Red Planet."
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