A recent study from specialists points out that a significant dust storm will hit Mars quite soon. According to researchers, the phenomenon is due to the months to come. Although the possibility of the upcoming weather phenomenon is interesting for scientists, they are also concerned. They believe that the appliances already installed on the Red Planet might be affected.
Researchers explain that Mars is going through its dust storm season right now. Thus the prediction of the storm is accurate. Based on their observations, scientists demonstrate that the global dust storm couldn’t occur this month. It is most likely for the phenomenon to happen in November or the following months.
Scientists say that they expect for the event to be quite intense. However, there are several appliances which are threatened by the fury of the cosmic storm. Spacecraft orbiting the planet are among them. Researchers are also concerned about NASA’s rovers, namely Curiosity and Opportunity.
There are also small storms on the Red Planet. However, this time, scientists are not predicting a small-sized phenomenon. The upcoming global dust storm on Mars is most likely to take over the entire planet, as the researchers estimate.
Experts explain that Mars is going through what can be called its warm season in its southern hemisphere. This means that the planet is located quite close to the Sun.
Scientists remember that they faced another similar event on Mars, which happened nine years ago, in 2007. Back then, there were two rovers on the Red Planet, which experienced some problems because of the global dust storm. They had little energy from the Sun, so they were shut down for most of the day. They couldn’t gather much information for weeks, and they were also not connected to the Earth stations for significant time intervals.
In less than a century, researchers encountered nine cases of global dust storms on Mars. However, they believe that more such phenomena occurred, but they weren’t able to report them. They also blame it on the lack of advanced technology. This is why researchers are now highly interested in the activity on Mars. They intend to find signs of the upcoming global dust storm and find proper solutions of protecting the tech appliances.
Further global dust storms could endanger missions on the Red Planet. Neither robots nor human astronauts could face the hostile environment.
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