Mars Rover Experiences Mysterious Power Boost

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

For some reason, NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars recently has experienced a 2% to 5% increase in power.

“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 electricity,” said Jim Erickson, rover project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

The rover team’s favorite theory is that “a dust devil happened to