Mars Rover experiences unusual power surge
- From AOL News 11/5
>Opportunity recently experienced an unexplained rejuvenation fromwhat can so far be described only as two or three
significant "cleaning events," said Jim Erickson, the rover project
manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
"Now we're assuming they're cleaning, but all we can really say is
that overnight the solar panels produced between 2 and 5 percent
additional power immediately," he said. "We're surmising that for
some reason dust is being removed from the solar panel and that's
increasing the efficiency of the sunlight being converted to
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