Something (or somebody??) has been regularly cleaning theMars rover Opportunity's solar panels during the night,enabling the device to continue to work much better and longer.
NASA rover team leader Jim Erickson has said that theunexplained cleaning events have kept Opportunity's solarpanels operating close to their maxiumum daily output of 900watt-hours. Due to a previous accumulation of Martian dust,which is heavy and dense, output had dropped to 500watt-hours per day.
The output of Mars Spirit's solar panels, which are notgetting cleaned, have dropped to 400 watt-hours per day.
NASA has no explanation for the cleaning.
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