Approaching Storm

When a dust storm overtook the Mars rover Spirit this month, the robot had one thing on its side that helped it survive: advance warning. Thanks to a weather report from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter high above, mission managers were able to anticipate the approaching wall of dust, and put the rover into a mode that allowed it to safely weather the darkening skies.

Sent by: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter | From: Mars | Released: November, 2008 | Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS | Image source

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