Dust and sandstorms

FILE - This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. The exploratory vehicle landed on Jan. 24, 2004, and logged more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) before falling silent during a global dust storm in June 2018. There was so much dust in the Martian atmosphere that sunlight could not reach Opportunity's solar panels for power generation. (NASA via AP)
February 12, 2019 - 4:59 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits. The rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades. Thick dust darkened the sky last summer and, for months,...
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This composite image made from a series of June 15, 2018 photos shows a self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in the Gale Crater. The rover's arm which held the camera was positioned out of each of the dozens of shots which make up the mosaic. A dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover's location. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
June 20, 2018 - 6:38 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A dust storm at Mars is now global, keeping NASA's Opportunity rover out of touch with Earth. Flight controllers lost contact with the rover more than a week ago. At the time, the dust storm covered one-fourth of Mars. NASA said Wednesday the storm now encircles the red...
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This composite image made from observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft shows a global map of Mars with a growing dust storm as of June 6, 2018. The storm was first detected on June 1. The blue dot at center indicates the approximate location of the Opportunity rover. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 6:11 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they're hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of...
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A man cleans a room littered with concrete after walls and the roof of his house collapsed during a dust storm in Sewla village, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Friday, May 4, 2018. Winds blew up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 miles per hour) as a storm swept through Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan states on Wednesday night, demolishing hundreds of mud huts, uprooting trees and causing extensive damage to wheat and vegetable crops. It also killed scores of cattle and buffalo. (AP Photo/Pawan Sharma)
May 04, 2018 - 7:36 am
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Workers rushed to restore electricity Friday to scores of towns and villages in five Indian states where a powerful dust storm and thundershowers caused more than 120 deaths and injured another 200. Winds blew up to 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour as the storm swept through...
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May 03, 2018 - 4:29 am
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 72 people dead and more than 100 injured, officials said Thursday. The devastation was particularly severe on Wednesday night in Agra,...
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June 20, 2017 - 3:06 pm
LORDSBURG, N.M. (AP) — Six people died in a 25-vehicle pileup caused by a sudden dust storm along an interstate highway in New Mexico where such conditions have caused deadly collisions in the past, authorities said. Those killed in the incident Monday near the Arizona border were a 9-month-old...
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May 11, 2017 - 1:38 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — A building wall collapsed onto guests at a wedding in western India, killing at least 24 people and injuring others, a government official said Thursday. The hundreds of guests were having dinner or assembling on the outdoor lawns when a strong dust storm blew into the area...
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