According to NASA the storm will reach the Red planet within the next few months.
Mars is expected to face a very strong dust storm which will most probably completely engulf the Red Planet in its folds. The storm will reach Mars in the coming next months.
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The revelation is the result of a scientific study being carried out at NASA, aimed at predicting the weather patterns on outer space planets. The coming of the storm is of significance to NASA as it may threaten the Mars rover currently roaming the surface of the planet.
If the storm does occur when NASA says it does then it could also mean the weather surveillance system for predicting Mars weather activity is successful. It could also mean potentially good news for future generations of Mars human missions.
On Mars dust storm occur frequently but the storm being mentioned is expected surround Mars on a global scale. According to the statement released by NASA, the mid- point of the current dust storm on Mars will occur on the 29th of October, 2016.
The date of the new storm has been determined based upon historical patterns of Mars weather. The storm will start beginning within a few weeks or months. Dust storms on Mars reach their peak when the planet comes in position very close to the sun.
The last global dust storm which created a massive haze over the entire Red Planet was recorded by NASA back in 2007. In history other such major storm also occurred in 1971, 1977, 1982, 1994 and 2001.
During that storm the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity did survive but their solar power supply was massively depleted during the storm. According to John Callas, project manager for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, the storm of 2007 was the only major threat to rovers after landing on the Red Planet.