Still, it's not bad for hardware that was supposed to last for 90 days
Opportunity rocks … NASA's Marshall in Happier Times
NASA scientists this week noted the fact that their robot friend Opportunity has spent the last fifteen years on Mars.
The six-wheeled shooter was launched into space on July 7, 2003, and reached its ultimate goal in less than a year on January 24, 2004. A day later, he made his first signal back to Earth.
Designed to function for 90 Martian days and covering just over 1,000 meters on Mars, Opportunity has exceeded its expectations by targeting at least 45 miles (28 miles) for more than a decade.
I'm sorry, but NASA says the signal on Mars was not a knock on Opportunity
Although this is an achievement, the Rover is not fully operational during its 15-year period on the Red Planet. Indeed, NASA's bosomans have not heard of it, as a huge storm of dust has hit Mars and covered the solar panels of the poor robot in June last year.
"This anniversary can not help, but it's a bit bitter, because we do not know the status of the river at the moment. We are doing our best to communicate with Opportunity, but over time, the likelihood of successful contact with the Mars will continue to decline, "said John Callas, NASA's Opportunity Project Leader.
The mission is not over yet. Engineers are still sending commands to Opportunity, hoping for an answer. The US space agency said that if it heard something back, its egg heads would try to regain control of the sleeping bot.
An opportunity has been sent to Mars to reveal the secrets of her past, and has helped scientists confirm the suspicions that the planet is not as dry as previously thought. He discovers hematite, a mineral that requires water to form in the rocks accumulated on Meridiani Planum, an area located south of the Martian equator.
Even if the geological robot is in hibernation, it still remains Mars's longest rover. She survives her twin Spirit, which landed earlier on January 3, but collapsed after his wheel crashed into soft soil.
This meant that the Rover could not orient its solar panels properly and the Rover escaped from juice in 2010. Not everything was lost, however, the NASA Curiosity atomic engine is still moving, sniffing for signs of microbial life, and soon to join Curiosity 2.0, I hope for the next few years. ®