Mars Rovers Battle Storms on the Red Planet

Mars Phoenix

Mars Phoenix is currently being prepared to land on the Red Planet in 2008. The Phoenix will be used to study the soil in the northern arctic region of Mars. NASA/United Launch Alliance hide caption

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The rovers are caught in the worst storms scientists have ever seen on Mars. Swirling dust threatens to cover the solar panels on the long-running Mars rovers, choking off their energy supply. Also, guests discuss a new Mars mission, Mars Phoenix, set to launch next week.

Jim Bell, professor of astronomy; science leader, Mars Rover Pancam Team, Cornell University

Dave Spencer, deputy project manager, Phoenix Mission to Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

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