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Curiosity braces for possible storm hit

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

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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Hope Curiosity comes out OK.

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

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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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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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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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