NASA Mars missions facing 2-week communications blackout as sun blocks Red Planet

NASA plans to pause most of its robotic Mars exploration efforts in October for safety reasons associated with the Red Planet’s position in space.

On Oct. 7, Mars will reach a position in its orbit called solar conjunction, which happens every two years when the planet moves behind the sun from Earth’s perspective. The sun’s hot outer atmosphere, or corona, lying in the line of sight, may disrupt interplanetary communications, NASA noted.

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