MARS will become completely invisible from Earth, forcing NASA to press pause on its work with the planet.
The so-called solar conjunction between Earth and Mars begins on Saturday, November 11th and lasts until November 25th.
During solar conjunction, Earth, Mars and Sun form a straight line.
During the alignment, the Sun completely blocks the view and signals sent by Earth and Mars, making the two planets invisible to each other.
“Solar conjunction is the period of time during which Earth and Mars are obscured from each other by the fiery orb of the Sun itself in their eternal march around the Sun,” NASA said in a report opinion.
“Like dancers on either side of a giant bonfire, the two planets are temporarily invisible to each other.”
Additionally, it is impossible for NASA’s rovers, landers and orbiters on Mars to properly communicate with Earth.
NASA has prepared for the event and announced that it will have to cut off communications with the Mars spacecraft because signals from the Sun may be interrupted.
If a broken signal is sent, it could be incomplete and confuse the spacecraft, putting it in danger, NASA said in a video.
“No one is attempting to send new instructions to Mars during solar conjunction,” NASA said in the statement.
“It is impossible to predict what information might be lost due to charged particle interference from the Sun and that this lost information could potentially endanger the spacecraft.”
During the break, NASA created “to-do” lists for the spacecraft to work on.
The spacecraft will enter autopilot mode, but NASA is confident in this process because it is well versed in it.
However, NASA will continue to inspect the spacecraft during the two-week period.
“Our mission teams have spent months preparing to-do lists for all of our Mars spacecraft,” said Roy Gladden, manager of the Mars Relay Network at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California Press release.
“We will be able to hear from them in the next few weeks and check their health.”