Although NASA says Mars's global dust storm has ended, the space agency has not yet heard of its long-standing Opportunity rover for more than five months.
This update comes from NASA, covering from 30 October to 7 November. The week that NASA says atmospheric opacity has dropped to a dust-free level of 0.8. From the latest hearing of Opportunity Rover on June 10, the Space Research Institute has sent over 250 return commands without a return trip.
"Possibility is likely to have experienced a low power failure, transmission clock failure, and an ups and down timer bug," NASA reported in its latest update. "The team has been listening to the rover on several time slots, frequencies and polarizations using the Deep Space Network Radio Science Receiver.
"They have commented on the" sweep and beeps "in the daily DSN passport both right and left round polarization to deal with possible complexity under certain conditions during a deadlock of the operation."
NASA has previously said it has a two-step plan to "provide the greatest likelihood of communicating successfully with Rover and bringing it to the grid".
One month after the commands have risen, we have not yet heard of Opportunity. @NASA has not set deadlines for the operation and will be announced later this month on the progress and prospects of an active recovery campaign. https://t.co/YvoDCwT3Vw pic.twitter.com/6pXoUXfRXf
– Spirit and Oppy (@MarsRovers) October 11, 2018
In a more playable way, the Space Agency has also played every day of the exciting song while trying to "inspire" the chance to awaken. Mars Opportunity Rover fans can even jump to NASA's website and send it to the postcard.
Opportunity Rover has been in operation for nearly 15 years, despite being designed for only 90 days back in 2003. Additionally, the Rover is designed to travel about 1000 meters away when it is logged in more than 28 kilometers in reality.
"Although the team will hear back on the opportunities at both stages, there is no certainty that the Rover will work," NASA announced earlier.
"The impact of the latest storm on Opportunity systems is unknown, but it could have led to lower energy production, reduced battery performance, or other unforeseen damage that could make Rover's full return online".