Illustration of the Artist of NASA Opportunity Gadgets on the Surface of Mars.
Fifteen years after NASA attacker Opportunity touched the surface of Mars, scientists are afraid they will never hear from the spacecraft again. The Red Planet last June. There was so much dust in the Mars atmosphere that sunlight could not reach the solar panels of Opportunity to generate electricity. , "That may be the end, assuming it's over, he feels good, I mean that."
He continued to say that if the storm drives away forever, it is a fair death.
The Opportunity and its double Spirit ship landed on Mars on January 24, 2004. Each Rover is designed to last several months and travel several hundred yards. But they just keep running.
The six Opportunity wheels have gone more than 28 miles to Mars before they are silent. The spirit interrupted his surrender in early 201
0, a few months after he was captured in a Martian sand trap. hopes for an answer. But project manager John Callas says that the longer the eclipse lasts, the less likely it is to get in touch.
"We are now near the end of the historic dust-cleaning season," said Callas for the Times,
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The Associated Press contributed this report.