Mars Solar Conjunction:
NASA announced that it will stop sending commands to its fleet of robotic probes on or orbiting the red planet Mars due to Mars solar conjunction.
- Mars solar conjunction is a phenomenon which occurs when the Sun is between Earth and Mars.
- It happens once every two years.
- During this time, Sun expels hot, ionised gas from its corona.
- It could corrupt radio signals sent from Earth to Mars.
- Also, this could cause unexpected behaviour from the spacecraft on Mars.
- This year, it is occurring between November 11 and November 25
- Mars is the fourth planet in the solar system in order of distance from the Sun and seventh in size and mass.
- It is a periodically conspicuous reddish object in the night sky.
- The planet’s two moons, Phobos (Greek: “Fear”) and Deimos (“Terror”).