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NASA to Share the Results of Efforts to Recover Mars Rover

NASA to Share Results of Effort to Recover Mars Rover :

 

A brutal dust storm engulfed Mars last summer. The planet-wide tempest spared the nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, but the older, solar-powered Opportunity rover shut down as the thick dust blocked light from the Sun. Opportunity has remained silent since June 10, 2018, despite NASA’s hundreds of attempts to contact it. When a windy season on Mars began in November, scientists hoped that gusts might clear debris from its solar panels, but that hope appears to have been in vain. NASA continues to send recovery commands, but sadly, it seems the Opportunity mission has finally come to an End.

 

 

 

 

NASA will make a final attempt to recover its Mars rover Opportunity after it went silent on June 10, 2018 following a massive dust storm that swept across the Red Planet. The last message received from the rover was “my battery is low and it’s getting dark.”

 

NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The briefing will air live on NASA Television, the agency’s Website and You Tube

The briefing will follow NASA’s last planned attempts to communicate with Opportunity late Tuesday evening. The solar-powered rover last communicated with Earth June 10, 2018, as a planet wide dust storm was blanketing the Red Planet.

 

Credits – Source: Twitter @NASA @JacobMargolis & @tanyaofmars

 

 

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