Still, it's not bad for the hardware that was supposed to last 90 days
Funky rocks … NASA's Marsa robe in happier times
NASA scientists this week celebrated the fact that their robot friend Opportunity spent the past fifteen years on Mars.
The six wheels button was inserted into space on July 7, 2003, and reached its final goal in less than one year, on January 24, 2004. A day later, it met its first signal back to Earth.
Designed to operate for 90 days and cover more than 1,000 meters on Mars, Oportunco exceeded the expectations, spreading at least 45 kilometers for more than a decade.
Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal was not Opportunity hitting
Although it is a reach, the cave was not really fully operational during its 15-year section on the Red Planet. In fact, the NASA's daughters-in-law have not heard since it had since a giant storm storm hit Mars and covered the solar panels of poor robots in June last year.
"This anniversary can not help but be slightly sweet, because we do not know the status of the rover nowadays. We do everything in our power to communicate with Opportunity, but over time, the probability of successful contact with the wheat continues to decrease" , said John Callas, NASA's administrative project for Opportunity.
However, the mission does not end. Engineers still send orders to Opportunity, hoping for an answer. The US space agency said whether it heard anything back, its eggs would try to recover the control of the sleeping bot.
The opportunity was sent to Mars to discover the mysteries of his past, and helped scientists confirm suspicions that the planet was not as dry as it was previously thought. It found a hematite, a mineral that requires water to form, in rocks deployed on the Meridiani Planum, an area located to the south of the Marsan Equator.
Even if the geologist is in winter, it still remains the longest running wheat on Mars. It lasted its twin companion, a spirit who landed earlier on January 3 but was broken after its wheel was struck in soft ground.
This meant that the rover was not able to adjust its solar panels correctly and the rover was running out of juice in 2010. Not all are lost, however, NASA's curious nuclear power is still upset, swinging on signs of microbial life, and Soon, Curiosity 2.0 will join together, hopefully in the coming years. ®