Selfie In an Epic Dust Storm

The rover Curiosity took this “selfie” in the midst of an epic dust storm. Despite some of the reporting on the storm, it is nothing new, certainly not “apocalyptic”. Such storms may not be common but they are not rare.

Nothing has been heard from the MER Opportunity; this is not unexpected and does not necessarily mean the little rover is done for. That said, I would suspect the power levels on the rover are minimal at best. We will have to wait for the storm to end before we know the fate of Opportunity for sure.

Original caption from NASA: A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity rover taken on Sol 2082 (June 15, 2018). A Martian dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover’s location in Gale Crater.

Self-portraits are created using images taken by Curiosity’s Mars Hands Lens Imager (MAHLI). MAHLI was built by Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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