However, it's not bad for hardware that should last for 90 days
Capability rocks … NASA's Mars Rover in happier times
NASA scientists this week celebrated the fact that their robot reported Opentunity has spent the last fifteen years on Mars.
A six-wheelbot was busy in space on 7 July 2003 and reached its final destination in less than a year on 24 January 2004. A day later, he announced his first signal back to Earth.
Designed to run 90 Mart days and cover just over 1,000 meters on Mars, Opportunity has exceeded expectations, covering at least 45 km for more than a decade.
We're sorry, but NASA says the signal on Mars is not a knock on Chance
Although this is an achievement, the Rover is actually not fully functional during its 15-year progress on the Red Planet. In fact, NASA bosses did not hear how he exclaimed from him, because a huge storm of dust hit Mars and covered them with the solar panels of poor robots in June last year.
"This anniversary can not help but be a little bit bitter because we do not currently know the status of the rover.We are doing everything in our power to communicate with Opportunity, but as time passes, the probability of successful contact with the rover continues to decrease, "said John Callas, NASA's Project Manager for" Opencunion ".
However, the mission has not yet been completed. Engineers still send Opportunity commands, hoping to respond. The US space agency said that if something heard something back, its tubes would try to regain control of the sleeping bottle.
Opportunity was sent to Mars to discover the secrets of its past and helped scientists to confirm the suspicions that the planet is not as dry as previously thought. A hematite was found, a mineral that required water to form, in rocks surrounded by Meridian Plum, an area located south of the Marine Equator.
Even if the geologist's robot is in hibernation, it remains the longest rover on Mars. They outlived their companion twin, the Spirit, who arrived early on January 3, but collapsed after his wheel clutched in soft soil.
This meant that the rover could not orient its solar panels properly and the rover leaked out of the juice in 2010. Not all are lost, however, the rotor of NASA's Curiosity Nuclear Power Plant is still moving, sinking for signs of microbial life, and soon Curiosity 2.0 should be joined, hoping for the next few years. ®