October 25, 2021

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The “solar link” suspends contact with Mars for two weeks

From Saturday, the Jetta astronomical community clarified that control centers on Earth will cease to communicate with its observations whether they are orbiting Mars or its surface, and that it will continue for two weeks due to the sun.

Engineer Majeed Abu Zahira, president of the Astronomical Society in Jeddah, said Mars was approaching the sun for what would be called a “solar link.” Between October 2 and 14, the red planet will be two degrees from the sun, which will shut down communications with space agencies.

This phenomenon occurs approximately once every two years, the sun is between Earth and Mars, during which time we cannot see Mars, and studies cannot see us.

Abu Zahira said: “Therefore, no one is trying to send new instructions to Mars during the solar eclipse. It is impossible to predict the information lost due to solar radio explosions or interference in the Sun’s atmosphere. When, simple task lists can be sent, including inspection of inspection systems.

He added, “If we send probe signals, charged particles from the sun will interfere with them, causing some data loss to reach us, but this is not a big problem because you can send back that data.”

It is noteworthy that there are currently three roaming probes operating on the surface of Mars: Curiosity and Perseverance, both of which are operated by NASA, in addition to the Surang Rover Administration, which is part of the Tianwen-1 mission into Chinese national space.

In addition, there are eight orbital studies exploring Mars: UAE “Hope Probe”, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Mars Spy Orbiter, Mars Orbiter Mission, Marvin, Tris Case Orbiter, Tianwen-1.

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