Rover "Opportunity" celebrated its fifteenth anniversary on the Red Planet complete silence

Space agency NASA through its official website reported that so far has failed to reconnect with the rover "Opportunity", the mission of which today marks exactly 15 years January 25, 2019. Last session between the Earth and the rover was held June 10, 2018. Shortly thereafter, the entire Red Planet covered very powerful dust storm, which, according to scientists, occurs every 6-8 years.


Despite the fact that the storm was over in a few months, "Opportunity" was never released on bond.

"Fifteen years of work on the surface of Mars is not only a testament to the excellent qualities of this research cars, but also the impact, demonstrated by a talented team of the expedition will allow us to expand the program of development of the Red Planet," - says mission manager rover John Callas Laboratory NASA's Jet Propulsion .

"However, to the delight of the anniversary of mixed bitter taste due to the fact that we still do not know the fate of the rover. We are doing everything possible to establish communication with the "Opportunity", but time goes by and the probability of successful communication session with the rover continues to decline. "

Last "Opportunity" to conduct research in a valley 22 kilometers wide at the edge of the crater Endeavor. After descended to the planet storm it entered the "sleep" mode, since due to dust suspended in the atmosphere was not possible to recharge via solar panels it its two lithium batteries. Rover to withdraw from this mode has not yet been able to.

Launched on June 8, 2003, and sat down on the Red Planet January 25, 2004, the rover the size of a golfkar exceeded the estimated period of their mission 57 times, worked instead of 90 planned Martian days 5,000 Martian days and overcame instead calculated 1 kilometer and 6 meters of the Martian surface more than 45 kilometers. By February 2018 the unit transferred to the ground more than 225,000 images of Mars, many of which scientists have yet to be explored.

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