NASA scientists are now able to view their solar-powered probe which has been missing at a Martian dust storm over a hundred days past — but the classic robot has not revealed any signs of life.
Because of some high heeled camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA stated Tuesday it could see the Opportunity rover at Perseverance Valley, on the edge of a Massive crater.
Opportunity was descending into the valley once a dust storm which was first discovered May 30 sailed across the area. In NASA’s picture, the vehicle appears as a small white dot.
The 15-year-old rover was heard from on June 10, as it moved to”sleep” mode as dust blocked out the Sun and darkness enveloped the Red Earth.
“NASA still has not heard from the Opportunity rover, but we could see it ,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement.
Opportunity and its twin rover, Spirit, are a set of unmanned autonomous vehicles made by NASA to tool around on the Martian surface and transmit information about states there back to Earth.
Spirit lasted 20 times more than that. It became trapped in soft dirt in 2009, and its mission was officially declared within 2011.
Opportunity is about on 60 occasions its intended mission life, has traveled 28 miles (45 km ) and discovered evidence of water on Mars and states which might have been appropriate for sustaining parasitic life.
Last month, NASA said it’d function until mid-October to attempt to attract Opportunity back into life, a interval lovers of”Oppy” said was too brief.