NASA Opportunity Rover starts on the 15th year on
Martian surface today. The rover ended up in one
Red Planet region called Meridiani Planum on January 24, 2004,
The first signal is sent from the surface to the earth at 09:05. PST (Jan.
25, 2004 at 12:05 EST). The size of a golf cart
The Rover was designed for the journey of 1.006 meters
Meters) and operate on the Red Planet for 90 days (Sols). It has traveled
45 miles (45 miles) back, logging back the 5,000th day of Mars (or Sol)
in February 2018.
Years on the surface of Mars are not just testimony to a great machine
Exploration but the dedicated and talented team behind it that allowed us
to expand our Red Planet Discovery Space, "said John Callas
Opportunity Project Manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California. "However, this anniversary can not be anything else than a
little bittersweet as currently
We do not know the status of the rover. We do everything in our power
communicate with Opportunity, but over time the
The likelihood of successful contact with the rover continues to decline.
The last opportunity communication with Earth was received on June 1
as a worldwide dust storm covered the solar operation
Location of the rover on the western edge of the Perseverance Valley, which eventually blocked
so much sunlight that the rover could no longer charge its batteries. Even though
The storm subsided and the sky disappeared (19459008)
Persistence clarified the
Rover has not communicated with Earth since. The mission of Opportunity
at a time when mission engineers at JPL are sending orders to as
also listen to signals from the rover. When engineers hear from the rover,
They could try to recover.
Opportunity and her twin spirit Spirit were launched from Cape
Canaveral, Florida, in 2003. Spirit landed on Mars in 2004 and his mission
ended in 2011.
On Opportunity and the Mars Exploration Rover Program, visit:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California