Today NASA celebrates Opportunity's monumental achievements as it has reached 15 years on the planet Mars. The router landed on Mars on January 24, 2004, and had unbelievable happiness for a decade and a half on the planet.
Unfortunately, Opportunity has been silent for more than six months, and it is not clear what his status is. The solar-powered robot was swallowed by a huge dust storm that swallowed the entire Mars last year, and although the sky has since disappeared, the rover shows no signs of awakening from an unplanned dream. a low power state when the dusty atmosphere blocks the only energy source. NASA expected the Rover would wake up once the solar panels began to collect sunlight once more, but that just did not happen. "Fifteen years on the surface of Mars is a testimony not only of a magnificent exploration machine but also of a dedicated one. and a talented team behind him that allowed us to expand our space to discover the Red Planet, "said a statement by John Callas of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "However, this anniversary can not help, but it is a bit bitter, as we do not know the status of the river at the moment. We do our best to communicate with Opportunity, but over time, the likelihood of successful contact with marossihood continues to diminish.
Opportunity last sent a signal to Earth in the middle of last year. It is clear that the storm was the reason to calm down, but NASA's engineers are not sure why Roberto did not wake up after the dust is dispersed and there are many possibilities. Raw solar panels may have been stacked with dust that has prevented them from generating energy, or the rudder batteries may have completely died during extended downtime. more than 1