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Red Planet’s massive dust storm finally weakens as Mars changes seasons

A massive dust storm on Mars that threatened a NASA lander is finally fading.

At the end of September, NASA Mars reconnaissance orbiter sounded the alarm for missions studying the red planet: A dust storm was brewing. Such storms have a grim reputation among surface missions since a storm circling the entire planet put an end to solar power. Opportunity rover mission in 2018. And NASA now has another solar-powered robot on the surface to worry about: its InSight Lander. For a few weeks the storm left InSight alone, but by early October dust had darkened the sky above and spacecraft personnel were concerned their mission would come to an abrupt end.

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