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In a blog post, NASA said that it will never have contact with the Opportunity rover, after the vessel became entangled in a Mars dust storm in the middle of June.

While expressing optimism that the worst of the Opportunity rover’s problems can behind the back, as the dust storm begins to “decay” of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Andrew Good warned that the battery for the $400 million vehicle would have dismissed so much power and have been inactive for so long, it would be a loss.

“Even if engineers hear back from Chance, there is a real possibility that the rover will not be the same,” wrote, in Aug. 16 blog post. “The rover’s battery can be discharged so much power — and remained idle for so long — that their capacity is reduced. If the batteries cannot charge so much, it can affect the rover from continuing operations.”

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Good also warned that no one knows how the Opportunity rover is “to speak” but added that the team behind it is optimistic, after running tests on the batteries before the storm in its location.

“Because the batteries were in relatively good health before the storm, there is probably not too much demolition,” wrote. “And because dust storms have the tendency to warm the environment — and the 2018 storm happened, mark the location on Mars entered summer — the rover must remain warm enough to survive.”

Good added that the substance is less of a problem. Previous storms that “plaster dust on the camera lenses,” saw most of the substance is eventually shed off. “All of the remaining substance can be calibrated,” he wrote.

The dust storm began on 10 June and eventually covered the entire planet, according to Space.com.

Still, it is a painful place for NASA that it has not been able to contact the Opportunity rover since the dust storm.

Assuming NASA is able to come into contact with the rover, it is continue to listen to the signs and pinging three times per week), Which says that we do not know what for a couple of weeks, comparison of the condition of the patients from a coma.

“After the first time engineers hear of the Opportunity, there may be a delay of several weeks before a second time,” wrote. “It’s like a patient out of a coma: It takes time to recover fully. It can be some communication for engineers have enough information to take action.”

Opportunity has three so-called “fault modes” if it’s a problem: a low-power interference that is caused by going into sleep mode until there is more sunlight to recharge; clock error, which can happen if the rover does not know what the time is, causing disturbances in the communication and uploss the error occurs when the rover had not yet heard of the Earth in a long time, which makes the checking of the equipment and to try alternative ways to communicate with the Earth.

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Ability history

The Opportunity rover, which was initially intended to be only on the Red Planet for a 90-day mission has a number of ground-breaking discoveries throughout his now 15-year journey, in the first instance, leaving the Earth on 7 July 2003.

Up to now, has detected signs of water, explored the inside of the two craters and completed a marathon — the first vehicle to do this on another planet.

But the Likelihood travel is not always a smooth one.

In 2005, the rover lost the use of one of the front wheels and got stuck in a thick pile of sand for about five weeks, according to Space.com. When it finally managed to move, ran into a sand dune. In 2007, a dust storm hit and allegedly cut the spacecraft’s power to “a dangerously low level.” A month later, then back on and began exploring the Victoria Crater.

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Despite the obstacles, the Opportunity is always there managed to survive. But this time, the researchers don’t know for sure what will happen.

In the meantime, scientists are trying to stay positive, making a Mars-themed Spotify playlist with “Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go” by Wham!, “Rocket Man” by Elton John, among others — and an office pool to help pass the time.

Fox News’ Jennifer Earl contributed to this report. Follow Chris Ciaccia on Twitter @Chris_Ciaccia

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