Artist’s impression of NASA’s Opportunity rover
(NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona)
NASA has spotted its Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars for months after the solar-powered vehicle was enveloped in a huge dust storms, causing it to go into hibernation. The space agency, however, is still not able to contact the rover.
Lost in the storms that enveloped the Red Planet and preventing sunlight from reaching the surface, the last signal received from the $400 million rover on 10 June.
Last month, NASA warned that it is never to have contact with the Opportunity rover.
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On Sept. 20, the HiRISE high-resolution camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of the rover on Mars’ Perseverance Valley.
NASA’s Opportunity rover is shown as a blip in the middle of this square. This image taken by the HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the dust storm on Perseverance Valley has significantly cleared.
(Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona )
In an attempt to re-establish communication, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory began the increase of the frequency of the commands are beamed to the rover on Sept. 11.
“NASA has still not heard of the Opportunity rover, but we can at least see again,” he said in a statement released Tuesday.
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“Floppy disk, can you hear us?” NASA JPL tweeted Tuesday. “Active commander remains in the hope of restoring the communication.”
Floppy disk, can you hear us?
We have not yet heard of @MarsRovers Opportunity, but at least we can see her no more. Active commander remains in the hope of restoring the communication. https://t.co/pwjPqUUg04 #OppyPhoneHome
?: @HiRISE pic.twitter.com/5ZPcqvHAcN
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) September 25, 2018
Opportunity has been on Mars since 2004.
In June, NASA announced that the Curiosity Mars rover has found organic molecules on the Red Planet, described as “fundamental to our search for life.”
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this article.
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