Since the launch of the Rover “opportunity” has passed 15 years. Unfortunately, this significant date the unit met in complete silence — after a powerful storm of its solar panels covered with dust and are unable to replenish energy. He was placed in crisis mode, and for 7 months, NASA has made more than 600 attempts to get in touch with him. According to astronomers, they have left the last attempt to repair the unit — if it fails, the mission will end.
Every day is a chance to resume communication with the Rover is greatly reduced. Very soon Mars will end the season winds, so hope that the dust will simply disappear from the surface of solar panels, has virtually disappeared. Also the southern part of the planet will move to the winter low temperature is almost certainly going to break all the electronics still camera. NASA’s last chance for its repair.
The researchers will apply a new strategy of “revival” of the device. They will check the possibility of breakage of the three systems and try to fix them.
Possible causes of silence “opportunity”:
- A breakdown of transmitter in X-band;
- The failure of both transmitters;
- Failure of the internal clock of the Rover.
Based on this, NASA can only switch to the alternate radioperedachi, or reset the watch. If failure of the device is associated with one of the aforementioned problems, these actions may revive the Rover and he’ll be able to proceed with the research.
It is noteworthy that initially the “opportunity” was supposed to work only 90 days. In fact, he was surprisingly tenacious and worked about 14 years in a row. Moreover, it experienced as many as eight winters on the red planet.
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