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Curiosity braces for possible storm hit

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#1    Saru


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

A growing dust storm on the Red Planet could pose a risk to NASA's two active Mars rovers.

The Space Reporter said:

NASA says a massive martian dust storm may hit its Curiosity rover, raising questions about how the one-ton rover will fare.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:58 AM

Hope Curiosity comes out OK.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

Is curiosity stable enough to stand up to extreme weather events on Mars?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

I really don't see them spending the money to build and launch this thing to Mars and not have designed with the intention to survive extreme dust storms.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

It seems hard to believe that given the thinness of Mars's atmosphere that storms could be dangerous, at least in terms of wind force. I could however see the storms picking up ultra-fine dust which could endanger the machinery of the rover. Fine dust can get into anything with exposed moving parts.

Does anyone know the MPH/KPH wind speed of Martian storms and how much force they generate compared with terrestrial weather?

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:58 AM

Don't Panic.....There are dust covers for all of the equipment that can protect for the length of the Storm.
Some of the cameras even have glass covers so they can even take pictures while the storm rages.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

In any case, the dust storm seems to be waning. http://www.webpronew...ipating-2012-11

Edited by bison, 01 December 2012 - 08:45 PM.

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