NASA spots silent Opportunity rover on Mars

NASA spots silent Opportunity rover on Mars

NASA spots silent Opportunity rover on Mars

The storm had been described as the most intense ever observed on Mars, with it at one point covering more than 15.8 million square miles, or roughly the area of North America and Russian Federation combined, NASA said in June. Now it is for the first time since the end of the storm captured from the orbit of Mars.

Because the storm engulfed most of Mars, sunlight did not reach the surface, which caused that the robot not to have enough solar energy to continue operations. Last week it passed over Perseverance Valley, which is where Opportunity is sitting. It happened in 2007, but he resumed work two weeks later.

"A key unknown is how much dust has fallen on the solar arrays", NASA said in a release posted on the website for the University of Arizona in Tucson, which operates MRO's HiRISE camera.

In mid-August the intensity of the storm decreased.

"Now that the sun is shining through the dust, it will start to charge its batteries", Mars Exploration Program Director Jim Watzin explained in a video on Twitter.

NASA's Mars orbiter has caught a glimpse of its solar-powered Opportunity rover, which has been silent since a dust storm enshrouded the red planet over 100 days ago and cut off the 14-year-old probe's access to sunlight. At the same time, MRO photographed the planet's surface. NASA noted that while are unable to communicate with the Rover, but "at least we can go back to see him".

John Callas (John Callas), from the jet propulsion Lab stated in the official appeal that once the level of tau falls below 1.5, will begin the phase of active search. NASA put him in a state of "hibernation" to Wake up after the storm. You can see the body of the Rover Curiosity, a region of Stoer (Stoer) and other details of the Martian landscape.

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