Enormous Mars dust storm will not be an impediment for NASA’s next lander. The worldwide dust storm should not derange the touchdown of NASA’s InSight lander this fall, agency officials said. The planet enclosing storm is anticipated to recede by the time InSight approaches this November. However, it will not be a calamity for the new lander if the storm still billows or if it is superseded by another one.
Even if the storm recedes as anticipated a mucky haze will still dominate the Martian atmosphere when InSight approaches said Richard Zurek, chief scientist of the Mars Program Office at JPL. That haze could have an impact on how the science apparatus operates as it will prohibit some sunlight from getting through to the solar powered lander Zurek added.
Martian dust storms could appear instantaneously and can stay for weeks or even months. The present tempest entails numerous compact dynamic dust storms and seems to have been prompted by a solitary local storm first witnessed at the end of May.
Prior NASA Mars mission have handled such storms or seen them up close. When NASA’s Mariner 9 spacecraft arrived on Mars in November 1971, for example, it captured the vision of a global dust storm that had been violent for many weeks. This was the following chief storm of the year researchers knew as they had observed initially from Earth prior to spacecraft’s Red Planet advent.
Enormous Mars dust storm will not be an impediment for NASA’s next lander. The mariner 9 was enormous and dynamic. It covered the Martian surface totally in dust.