A depressing deadline is almost the long silence of NASA .
The final planned attempts to awaken the Opportunity, which has not been touched since last June when NASA officials tried to survive the Martian dust storm, will arrive late tonight (February 12).
The agency also announced today that it will update Opportunity status tomorrow (February 13th) at 2 pm EST news press conference (1900 GMT) featuring NASA Administrator Jim Bridentin, Agency Science Chief Thomas Zurbjen, Head the Opportunity project, John Callas, mission chief investigator Steve Squires and other heavy assailants. Mars Dust Storm 2018: What does this mean for opportunities ]
You can watch this event here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA. January 2004, a few weeks after the twin, The Spirit touched another part of the planet. Both solar powered powerhouses began 90-day missions on the surface to look for signs of past water activity ̵
NASA has not announced that the Spirit is dead by 2011, and Opportunity is strong, while a monster storm did not rise at the end of May last year. Swirling dust blocks the sunlight from reaching Opportunity, which was silenced on June 10th.
The mission team members have since been trying to awaken the Rover and listen to all the possible signals from Opportunity.
There was hope that this "active listening" campaign could yield results even after months of silence. The windy season in the Opportunity area – the edge of the 14-kilometer Endeavor – did not fire until November, and mission team members thought they might need a good shot to blow up the dust from solar power. panels.
Other participants in tomorrow's briefing are Laurie Glaz, Executive Director of Planetary Science at NASA; project scientist-mission Matt Golombeck; Deputy Research Fellow Abigail Freyman; Michael Watkins, Head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (who manages the Opportunity mission); and Jennifer Trosper, design engineer for Mars 2020, the next NASA mission on the Red Planet Red Planet. " Illustrated by Karl Tate ) is now released. Follow us on @Spacedotcom or Facebook .