Hang in there, Oppy…

Opportunity is facing something of a challenge at the moment. As you can see from the graphic I’ve created below – using images taken by ace astrophotographer Damian Peach, it appears that a big dust storm is brewing up on Mars, not far from Endeavour Crater (her position is shown with the yellow pin) – in fact it’s close enough to already be darkening Oppy’s sky and reducing the amount of sunlight falling on her solar arrays which is reducing the power available for her to use.

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So, Opportunity will probably have a quiet time of it for a while, and just hunker down while the dust storm does what it’s going to do – either slide past without too much drama, or flow right over her and maybe dump a whole load of dust on her, which would not be good. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that she’ll get through this storm as she has got through others.

In the meantime, a couple of catch-up images…

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