The Rover opportunity celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on the red planet complete silence

Space Agency NASA’s official website reported that so far are unable to reestablish communication with the Mars Rover “opportunity”, the mission of which is today, January 25, 2019 will be exactly 15 years. The last session between earth and the Rover was held on 10 June 2018. Shortly thereafter, the Red planet covered a very powerful dust storm, which, according to scientists, occurs every 6-8 years.

Despite the fact that the storm had ended a few months later, “opportunity” was never released on bond.

“Fifteen years of work on the surface of Mars are not only testimony to the excellent qualities of this research machine, but and impact, demonstrated by the talented expedition team has enabled us to expand the program of development of the red planet,” — says the Manager of the Rover, John Callas at the jet propulsion Laboratory of NASA.

“However, to the joy of the anniversary is tainted by a bitter taste due to the fact that we still do not know the fate of the Rover. We make every effort to communicate with the “opportunity”, but as time goes on, the probability of a successful communication session with the Rover continues to decline”.

The last time the “opportunity” survey conducted in the valley with a width of 22 kilometres at the edge of endeavour crater. After getting down on the planet storm, he entered the “sleep” mode, as hovering in the atmosphere of dust it was not possible to recharge using solar panels to its two lithium rechargeable batteries. To bring the Rover out of this mode still failed.

Launched on 8 June 2003 and is stranded on the Red planet on 25 January 2004, the Rover the size of a Golf car, exceeded the estimated time of his mission in 57 times, having worked instead of planned 90 Martian days 5 thousand Martian days and overcame is calculated at 1 kilometer and 6 meters of the Martian surface, more than 45 kilometers. By February 2018, the unit transferred to the ground more than 225 thousand pictures of Mars, many of which scientists have yet to study.

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