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“Curiosity” received a panorama of the Martian landscape during a dust storm

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The NASA aerospace agency published a panorama that the rover “Kyuriosity” received during the dust storm on the planet. It allows you to see not only the surrounding area, but also a layer of dust that has settled on the rover during a bad weather.

One of the characteristic features of Mars – powerful dust storms, which can last for weeks or even months. One of these began on June 1 in the Valley of Perseverance and covered a total area of ​​18 million square kilometers in just a few days. Due to the increased dust, the opacity level of the Martian atmosphere increased, which led to the termination of the operation of the Opportunity rover, powered by solar batteries. Specialists of NASA still can not get in touch with him.

Somewhat later, the storm got to the rover “Kyuryoshiti”, but unlike his “brother” he uses a radioisotope thermoelectric generator ( RTG ) as an energy source. Therefore, with the help of the rover, scientists are going to find out why some dust storms grow to planetary scales and last for months, while others quickly fade.

August 9 “Kyuryoshiti”, which is now on the lower ledge of the Vera Rubin mountain range, received a 360 degree panorama. It shows how the Martian atmosphere changed during the storm. In addition, the rover itself is visible on it, a layer of dust is clearly visible on its body.

In the background, the last scientific goal of the Kyuriosity borax, the Stover region, named after the Scottish city, is visible in the lake sediments near which important discoveries were made concerning ancient life on Earth. Mission team noted that they were able to take a sample of Martian soil in a new way: the drill is stuck in 2016, as a result had to come up with an alternative method of drilling the surface of Mars.

In May, Mars  went to the landing vehicle InSight, designed to study the internal structure of Mars, as well as two satellites Mars Cube One. It is assumed that they will reach the planet in November 2018.

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