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Phoenix Weathers Storm

by Patrick Woida

October 12, 2008 -
Phoenix has endured her first major storm. Much as the National Hurricane Center, our orbiters saw the first great dust clouds peel out off the north polar cap and heading for the Phoenix site. Since storms like this block out a considerable amount of our precious sunlight that powers our solar panels, we've hunkered down for the weekend until the storm clears taking minimal observations to conserve power. Now that the fair, mild days of summer are over, Phoenix will need battle the growing harsh conditions in the twilight of her mission. So this week will begin with some assessment of our status and returning to work witnessing the seasonal changes in the Martian Arctic.