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Each mission is more than just robot hardware exploring nearly five light minutes, it's a team of people. For scientists who ask questions and engineers to build and operate hardware to find answers, Oppy has become part of their family.
Tactical Uplink Lead Keri Bean tattooed (tau) = 10.8 ", the final measurement of how much sunlight reaches the solar cells on her hand. Bean, a storm chase pursuer as a student of meteorology, jokes about sending the rover , who pursues the dusts and the dust storm that eventually ceased the mission. the year-old immigrant won an essay competition to name the MERs before their start in 2003. He writes about dark, cold and lonely nights in a Siberian orphanage: "I looked up at the brilliant sky and felt better. I dreamed I could fly there. In America I can realize all my dreams. Thank you for the spirit and the opportunity. "The NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has more than 28 miles of bending path length ” class=”b-fluid b-fill dml-generated” border=”0″/>
more than 50 times during the primary missions of the 90-Sol, due to the people dedicated to supporting them. She developed a robotic form of arthritis when a small motor in her robotic arm began to stop. Years later, her memory began to fail and the onboard software began to report pain and pain to the right front and center wheel.
Engineers used the MER Surface System, its terrestrial twin, better known as "Dusty," to find solutions to these aging problems, and to keep science flowing. These efforts continue to be evident in the SOWG meetings, where scientific operations were planned each day.
At the last SOWG meeting I attended on JPL, Rover driver Paolo Bellutta bent down periodically to translate phrases as a "greeting" "Lifting the robotic hand to clear the panorama camera is necessary from 2012 (19659010) "I am from Italy, but please
On February 12, the members of the mission team and the current team gathered in the Space Flight Mechanism, JPL's JPL mission for interplanetary deep space missions. and project managers joined NASA Associate Administrator Dr. Thomas Zurbuheen and Opportunity Chief Investigator Steve Squires to watch Bean send the last set of commands, then wait Everyone knew the answer would hardly come .
The data stream began, like others, with a wake-up call. Squyres chose the last song, "Billie Holiday" "I'll see you." The previous selections during the long-time vigil to connect with the rover included "I Won Back Back" by Tom Petty and Kansas Wind Dust.
As they waited, Bean, a keen worshiper of Star Wars, gave out what planetary geologist Dr. Tanya Harrison described as "emotional support." Harrison called this gesture "a beautiful reminder that these robotic missions are basically entirely human," in her report on Medium evening.
About 30 minutes later, the quartet of commands was emitted from the giant dish at NASA's Deep Space Network Communication Facility, 100 miles northwest of Goldstone, California. The rotation of the Earth brought such giant dishes to Canberra, Australia.
Project Manager John Callas thanked Deep Space Network technicians for more than fifteen and a half years of extraordinary support from the start to tonight. this completes operations for MER1, spacecraft ID 253. "The Canberra operators responded" The MER Project is Disconnected "and it was done
The Opportunity team reunited after the press conference to greet the mission. InSight has accidentally chosen the same Pasadena restaurant to celebrate successfully the deployment of the last instrument of this recently unloaded mission.As the two teams united, Dr. Fred Kaleff, an official geoscientific information officer for the Mars Curiosity mission but more famous like "store cards on Mars, "said the best:" That's right. The study of Mars continues. "
Tony Rice is a volunteer in the NASA / JPL solar software programmer and software engineer at Cisco Systems. on Twitter @rtphokie