As seen in June 2017 by NASA's Opportunity explorer, 14 kilometers wide (22 kilometers) of Mars is located on the edge of the Endeavor Crater, just above the Valley of Perseverance, June 10, 2018 Since after dust was quiet. the storm sunk this region into darkness.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / Arizona State University.
No, NASA's Opportunity rover has not yet woken up from its long sleep in Mars.
The excitement announced yesterday (15 November) that the Deep Space Network (DSN), the system of NASA's massive radio dishes that space uses to communicate with the spacecraft, has taken a ping.
This would be a very big deal because Oppy hadn't done a peep since June 10th. At that time, a very big storm occurred around the solar powered roaming. Oppy was blocking sunlight so that the Sun could not charge its batteries. and some kind of hibernation. [Mars Dust Storm 2018: What It Means for Opportunity Rover]
But, unfortunately, the hopes of space fans were cut off quickly.
Today https://t.co/V3WGqQrrvJ showed what it looks like from a signal @marsrovers Opportunity. As far as we want to say this #oppyphoneho to The moment, more advanced research indicates that these signals are not an Opportunity transfer.
– NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) November 15, 2018
"Today http://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html showed things like a signal from the @MarsRovers Opportunity. From what we want to say, this is the moment #OppyPhoneHome, more research, an opportunity transfer of these signals not,) Through yesterday's Twitter ena NASA, who manages the mission's mission, officials in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.
"Test data or false positives enable a spacecraft to be activated at http://eyes.nasa.gov/dsn/dsn.html. @MarsRovers We'll miss this opportunity and we'll be happy to share a confirmed signal with you JPL officials have added another tweet .
This study consists of listening to the Opportunity & # 39; s both irradiation commands and any signal that the respected rover can send home. NASA officials said they would continue this "active listening" campaign at least from January.
Hope is that powder-coated solar panels are the only thing that keeps the Opportunity up and that strong winds will soon emerge and clean the panels, and the robot can once again gain power. Indeed, it is now the windy season on the spot of Oppy – the 14-mile-wide Endeavor Crater, NASA officials, just south of the Martian equator, finished their words.
The Mars storm, which silenced Opportunity, became global until 20 June. But after a month or so, he began to die. And in mid-September, the sky over the Endeavor Crater was as clear as they decided to launch the active listening campaign of the opponents of Oppy.
The opportunity came down to Mars in January 2004, a couple of weeks after his twin touched his soul, a different part of the Red Planet. Rovers in the size of a golf cart were hunting for signs of liquid water flowing in Mars in the past, and both found so much evidence.
The Spirit and the Opportunity were initially circulating for only 3 months, but the rovers were incredibly durable. The spirit continued until 2010 and Oppy was fine until the dust storm burned.
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