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A dust storm on Mars has blanketed the solar-powered Opportunity rover in darkness. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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NASA Has Lost Contact With Opportunity, Its Long-Running Martian Rover

A dust storm on the Red Planet has blanketed the solar-powered rover in darkness.

NASA has lost contact with Opportunity rover due to a severe dust storm. | NASA/JPL
This series of images shows simulated views of a darkening Martian sky blotting out the sun from NASA’s Opportunity rover’s point of view, with the right side simulating Opportunity’s current view in the global dust storm (June 2018). | NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU
These two views from NASA’s Curiosity rover, acquired specifically to measure the amount of dust inside Gale Crater, show that dust has increased over three days from a major Martian dust storm. The left-hand image shows a view of the east-northeast rim of Gale Crater on June 7, 2018 (Sol 2074); the right-hand image shows a view of the same feature on June 10, 2018 (Sol 2077). The images were taken by the rover’s Mastcam. | NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS