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Mars Rover Spotted Sitting in Silence

Mars Rover Spotted Sitting in Silence
Mars Opportunity rover (Dreamstime)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:03 AM

NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, has been spotted, but there still has been no word from it.

A spacecraft around Mars has sent back a photo of Opportunity, which has been silent ever since a massive dust storm engulfed the red planet in late spring. The rover appears in the photo as a pale dot.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the picture last week from 166 miles up. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released the photo on Tuesday.

The global dust storm prevented sunlight from reaching Opportunity's solar panels, and the rover fell silent in June.

Although the skies have cleared considerably, Opportunity has yet to send word to flight controllers. NASA has stepped up efforts to contact Opportunity, but acknowledge the nearly 15-year-old rover may not have survived the prolonged power outage.

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NASA's Mars rover, Opportunity, has been spotted, but there still has been no word from it.
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2018-03-26
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:03 AM
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