Orbital Martian probe took a picture of the silent Mars Rover “opportunity”

Autonomous interplanetary space station Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) aerokosmicheskogo Agency NASA took a picture of a lone Rover “opportunity”, which are not contacted more than two months. Recall that the Rover stopped because of the global Martian dust storm that covered the entire planet in June of this year. Powered by solar panels, the Rover was unable to get enough solar energy to power electronics and so went into hibernation mode. The Agency remains unable to establish contact with him, although Martian storm is long over.

Currently, the Rover is in “the Valley of perseverance”, on the edge of the 22-kilometer endeavour crater.

“This photo was obtained from a height of about 267 kilometers above the surface of Mars. In the center of the outlined white square on the 47-meter region is the Mars Rover “opportunity”. The photograph was taken on 20 September”, — said the Agency NASA.

The image was acquired by the HiRISE camera of the space probe Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on 20 September 2018, however, the Agency published a picture of the only on September 25. In the center highlighted by a white square area is the Mars Rover “opportunity” (the bright dot in the center of the square). The Rover does not communicate with the Earth from mid-June this year

As mentioned above, “opportunity” last contacted on June 10. After that dust storm in this area has increased, closing the clear sky solar panels marshood, so that he was unable to collect enough energy to recharge their batteries. Soon after the dust storm increased so much that almost completely covered the entire planet. However, in July the storm began to weaken. Sep 11, skies cleanse almost completely, and the “opportunity” began attempts to “revive” the six-wheeled Autonomous robot.

The Rover team decided to wait another 45 days, “actively listening” to any possible signals that may deliver the Rover. Now it’s been two weeks of this term. If by the end of the 45-day period, the “opportunity” will not be released on bond, according to an official statement, the Agency will consider, in order to finally complete his mission. At the same time, the people who work on this program say they’ll continue to wait passively any signs of life from the Rover at least until the end of January next year.

Recall that the Rover opportunity space Agency NASA explores the Red planet for more than 14 years. Rover the size of a Golf cart landed on Mars in January 2004, three weeks after the Red planet, in a different area of the villages is its twin, the Mars Rover “Spirit”.

The main mission of both Mashadov was designed for 90 earth days, but both Rovers have been on Mars significantly more of the alleged “warranty period”. “Opportunity” was kept awake until early June of this year; “Spirit” got stuck in the dunes and was declared lost in 2011.

Scientific achievements of the two machines is truly impressive. For example, “Spirit” and “opportunity” found a lot of evidence that ancient Mars once flowed a river of liquid water.

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