The flow of data from Mars has resumed. Mars passed through solar conjunction on February 4, meaning that all of the active spacecraft spent at least a couple of weeks in a period of very low activity. It’s not that Mars being in conjunction inherently represents any risk to the spacecraft; it’s just that if a spacecraft managed to get in trouble while doing routine operations, we wouldn’t have been able to help it by sending up any commands. ….
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