This evening, at 19:30 Italian time, NASA held a conference call to explain the recent development of a huge sandstorm that is affecting the site where Opportunity is operating but may soon extend to the entire planet!
Also, since midnight yesterday all communication with Opportunity has been lost…

Participating in this conference call were:

John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Rich Zurek, Mars Program Office chief scientist at JPL

Jim Watzin, Mars Exploration program director at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dave Lavery, program executive at NASA headquarters for the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers

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