Opportunity rover update

Opportunity Rover Still Won’t Wake Up: Here’s What NASA Plans To Do About It

Alexandra Lozovschi - Author

Oct. 13 2018, Updated 10:51 a.m. ET

It’s been four months since the Opportunity rover went offline on Mars and, while everyone is rooting for the little machine to wake up, NASA has yet to receive any signal from the stranded robot.

The space agency lost contact with the rover — endearingly dubbed Oppy — on June 10, after a massive dust storm broke out on Mars, blocking out the sun and keeping the robot from charging its solar-powered batteries.

Cut out from the energy it needs to keep functioning, Oppy entered into an enforced state of hibernation and has been silent ever since — even though the Martian dust storm eventually subsided.

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With the skies clearing over Oppy, NASA was hoping that the 14-year-old rover would finally charge its batteries and call home — especially since the amount of haze in the Martian atmosphere, also known as tau, dropped below 1.5 last month.

That’s well below the level required for the robot to be able to receive sunlight and power up once again, the Inquisitr recently reported.

Given the circumstances, NASA initiated a 45-day campaign of “active listening,” per a previous Inquisitr report, and started sending commands to the Mars rover multiple times a day — as opposed to just three times a week, which was the norm.

Thirty days into the campaign, there’s still no sign from Oppy but we do have an update from NASA. Although the situation is looking pretty grim for the venerable robot, the space agency still holds out hope that the rover will eventually get back online.


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