Martian dust storm began to dissipate

In June, Mars swept the first in the last 11 years, a global dust storm. She quickly hid from observers most of the surface of the planet. In addition, the storm led to a loss of communication with the solar-powered Opportunity rover.
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So far, no one knows whether the rover will survive the consequences of bad weather, or she put an end to his almost 15-year-old odyssey. In theory, when the Martian sky is sufficiently cleansed of dust, the solar panels of the Opportunity rover receive enough light to recharge the batteries and send a signal to Earth. In practice, everything depends on whether the electronics of the device was able to survive for almost two months of being on Mars without heating.
Most likely, we will receive an answer about the fate of the Opportunity in the next few weeks. As recent observations show, the global storm has passed its peak and gradually began to subside. Now more dust settles out of the Martian atmosphere than the wind raises.Judging by recent space photos, the main geological formations have already begun to be viewed on Mars. Images from the surface taken by the Curiosity rover also point to a decrease in the dustiness of the atmosphere.
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Another factor indicating the decline of the storm is the cessation of the rise in temperature of the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere. The fact is that the Martian dust is heated by sunlight, in turn, heating the atmosphere. The decrease in temperature indicates a decrease in the total amount of dust in it.

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