NASA seems to call its leadership to show its praise,
The space agency has scheduled a briefing Wednesday when it announces the results of the final attempts to connect with the solar robot that has been running on the Red Planet since 2004.
NASAlast June and hope slowly faded as the bot would call home. As the rover is powered by solar energy, it will not be able to charge its batteries and operate if the solar panels are covered with a significant amount of dust.
Opportunity had an initial goal to cover 700 yards (640 meters) and run only for 90 days on the surface of Mars. It exceeded expectations more than 50 times and continued to operate for more than 14 years.
Speculations from the online astronomical community are that NASA will not be able to get a chance when it makes a last attempt Tuesday night.
"I think we can say goodbye to Opportunity," says astrophysicist Gemma Lavender.
The idea that the briefing is expected to be sad and not "hey, maybe this little robot has a little longer walk" is backed by the fact that NASA Administrator Jim Bridgnison will be available with the mission of Mars Exploration Rover. leader and engineer of the Mars 2020 team. I can hear the foolish words of "passing the robotic torch" to the next generation that will be released next year.
Also, this remarkable roll of Opportunity's career has quietly appeared on Tuesday with a description that includes horribly much talk about Rover in the past.
We will not know for sure what the fate of Opportunity is until 11:00 am On Wednesday, when NASA broadcasts the live briefing on NASA and YouTube (which you can access by clicking on the embedded below), it does not look well.
We'll have more for life, time and (probably) end of Opportunity Wednesday, so check back.
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