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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:45 PM

NASA's Jonathan Rall: Opportunity is stuck in the "worst dust storm we have ever seen" on Mars

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NASA’s Jonathan Rall: Opportunity is stuck in the “worst dust storm we have ever seen” on Mars; “very good chance” it does not survive. #SBAG


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Reply NASA's Jonathan Rall: Opportunity is stuck in the "worst dust storm we have ever seen" on Mars (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 13 OP
exboyfil Jun 13 #1
bronxiteforever Jun 13 #2
longship Jun 13 #3
Eko Jun 13 #4
muriel_volestrangler Thursday #5

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 04:50 PM

1. Well done

Good and faithful servant. Opportunity has been a slam dunk success. It has cheated death before, maybe it can again.

Hats off to the scientists and engineers that made it possible.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 05:00 PM

2. Could not say it better myself. +1000

I hope the little guy makes it!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 06:25 PM

3. Representation of Opportunity.



A nice looking space craft. Broom! Broom!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 07:42 PM

4. Hang tight buddy!

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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 02:52 AM

5. Mars mega-storm threatens Nasa rover after 14-year mission

Officials said on Wednesday they were hopeful the rover would survive the storm, which already covers a quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet in another few days. It could be weeks, or even months, until the sky clears enough for sunlight to reach the surface and recharge Opportunity’s batteries through its solar panels.
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The rover’s batteries are likely so low that only a clock is still working, to wake the spacecraft for periodic power-level checks, according to officials. If the clock also goes offline, then the rover won’t know what time it is when it comes back on and could send back signals at any time.
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In 2007, a massive dust storm kept Opportunity silent for a few days. It jumped back into action after awakening from its deep self-protecting slumber.
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This time, the rover’s energy level is believed to be much lower. However, Martian summertime is approaching, which should keep temperatures up at night and prevent the batteries and other parts freezing. Besides electrical heaters, Opportunity is equipped with eight tiny plutonium-powered heaters.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/14/mars-storm-nasa-rover-opportunity

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