We were telling you a few days ago that NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover has been caught in a massive dust storm on Mars which might expose the rover to great danger and even “kill” it. However, some good news arrived today, as NASA received a radio transmission from Opportunity which is a very good sign, whatsoever.
The transmission announced NASA’s engineers that Opportunity Mars rover still has enough power to maintain communications with Earth, even though the dust storm on Mars increased in intensity even more than the NASA’s officials expected.
NASA is worrying about this storm because the latest data sent to Earth by the rover, caught in the middle of this massive storm, suggested that this one is more intense and dangerous, at the same time, than the dust storm of 2007.
NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover is a survivor and now sent a radio transmission back home to tell engineers that it is OK
However, as we were telling you in the original article, the Opportunity Mars rover is a survivor as it managed to come out clean from many hazardous situations and turned around all gloomy predictions made by NASA.
As we speak, NASA’s Opportunity is preserving its batteries because the strong dust storm on Mars has covered the skies of the Red Planet and the rover is not able to recharge its accumulators. In this regard, the rover halted all its functions (except communications) in order to survive.
From the last radio transmission NASA has recently received from the rover, the scientists extracted precious information about the dangerous situation Opportunity is facing on Mars. Accordingly, the Opportunity Mars rover’s temperature was around -29 degrees Celsius, at the moment of the transmission, therefore, rover’s heater must run to balance the temperature of the rover’s to ensure the equipment’s survival.
Te NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover has proven to be a very high-end piece of technology as it’s resisting on Mars even nowadays, 15 years after its launch, although it has been developed for only a 90-day mission on the Red Planet.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.