The Martian dust storm engulfing the Opportunity rover is so intense NASA is holding a conference – watch live here

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It’s only been a few days since NASA held a highly-anticipated press briefing to tell the world that it found organic compounds on Mars that may be a sign of previous life on the planet. That was some pretty incredible news with potentially history-making implications, but the impromptu teleconference NASA just scheduled for later today is a bit more depressing. Scientists will meet at 1:30 p.m. EDT today to discuss the massive dust storm that has rolled across a large portion of the planet and swallowed NASA’s Opportunity rover in the process.

The storm is absolutely massive, spanning an area larger than North America, and NASA’s elderly rover is caught right in the middle of it all. Will the rover survive? Will it have to dig itself out of a dusty dune? Is Opportunity ultimately doomed? We may find out later today.

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