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Are launch windows to Mars avoided if they result in landings during dust storm season?

Are launch windows to Mars avoided if they result in landings during dust storm season? No. It's pretty well known that the gusts of wind on Mars are relatively harmless to a person standing on Mars (...
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Is there any chance that Opportunity might still recover from the dust storm?

The NASA announcement, available here, said specifically, "After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...
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How would Ingenuity handle Martian Storm and dust devils?

How would the winds of the Martian storms affect the Mars Helicopter, especially while resting on the ground? Martian dust storms can most definitely vary in severity, however, it is very unlikely ...
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Is there any chance that Opportunity might still recover from the dust storm?

Is there any chance? Yes. But, it's very, very, very, unlikely. There have been NASA missions which failed and disappeared only to mysteriously reawaken and continue to work. Most notably the IMAGE ...
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Did any lander or rover photograph the sun rising or setting during a Martian dust storm?

A DUSTY SUNSET ON MARS, While bogged down at Troy, Spirit looked westward on the evening of sol 2,002 to watch the Sun set. Before it reached the horizon, the Sun vanished into dust kicked up in a ...
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What, if any, effect does the Martian magnetic field have on dust storms?

We would not expect much of an effect when the strongest Martian magnetic field is only about 2% of Earth's. Mars does not have a global dynamo like Earth, the Martian dynamo having long since ...
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How can I calculate the density of Mars' atmosphere during dust storms?

One thing you might want to do is be prepared for some low numbers. Even during a storm, the density of Martian dust in the air is much less than that of the gases. According to Martin[1]: During ...
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