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While Opportunity is getting prepared to enter the Victoria crater, large dust storms are raging across the Martian dune planes. As dust collocation on the robots weakens their battery life, scientists anxiously await the end of the storms.

In the mean time, all we can do is have a look at PanCam, another amateur site which is doing great stuff with the photographic material being sent from Mars.


Here's an example how the storms are darkening the Martian skies, as seen from the Opportunity.