NASA to Discuss Martian Dust Storm, Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA to Hold Media Teleconference on Martian Dust Storm

Mars, as seen by Mars Global Surveyor in 2003. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 13, to discuss a massive Martian dust storm affecting operations of the agency’s Opportunity rover and what scientists can learn from the various missions studying this unprecedented event.

The storm is one of the most intense ever observed on the Red Planet. As of June 10, it covered more than 15.8 million square miles (41 million square kilometers) – about the area of North America and Russia combined. It has blocked out so much sunlight, it has effectively turned day into night for Opportunity, which is located near the center of the storm, inside Mars’ Perseverance Valley.

Participants in the teleconference will include:

  • John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Rich Zurek, Mars Program Office chief scientist at JPL
  • Jim Watzin, director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters
  • Dave Lavery, program executive at NASA Headquarters for the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers

To participate, media must email their name and affiliation to Elena Mejia at [email protected] or call 818-393-5467 / 354-5011.

Visuals accompanying the teleconference will be posted at the start of the event at: https://www.nasa.gov/marsduststormtelecon

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: https://www.nasa.gov/live

The teleconference andvisuals will be carried live and archived on: https://youtube.com/nasajpl/live

To ask questions via social media during the televised event, use the hashtag #askNASA

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