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Mars Solar Conjunction

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”).