NASA lost the Mars Rover

Lost Opportunity? NASA rover threatened by intense Martian dust storm

All contact was lost at the weekend.

The only function likely running off the batteries now is a clock.

Employees of the Agency hope that the robot uses a clock to periodically Wake up and check whether the changed weather.

"The project team is very concerned", said John Callas, the mission's project manager based at the nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"We anthropomorphizing this robot, we have a strong emotional connection". As Calla said, "It's like having a loved one in a coma in the hospital". You have doctors who tell you that "you just need to wait and she will Wake up". If it's your 97-year-old grandmother, you're going to be concerned, and we are. Though the mission was only supposed to last 90 days, Opportunity is approaching its 15th year there.

The current storm above Opportunity, which is still growing, now blankets 14 million square miles (35 million square kilometers) of Martian surface - about a quarter of the planet. That would trigger a "clock fault", when the rover loses track of time entirely. This is a light-activated trigger that would respond to the brighter Sun that emerged as the storm dissipated.

President Trump Injects Fresh Chaos Into Immigration Debate
Both the conservative and compromise bills would provide money for Trump's long-sought border wall with Mexico. The White House has cited the Bible in defending its "zero tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings.

Trump says his agreement with North Korea will be good for China
Mr Trump returned to the United States from Singapore two days ago after his face-to-face talks with Mr Kim . But there won't be nuclear weapons , and they won't be aimed at you and your family, he said .

NCAA announces transfer, football redshirt rule changes
By that time of the season, the first and second units of a team are worn out from the week-to-week grind of conference play. According to the new rule, McKinniss could've preserved his eligibility as long as he didn't play in more than four games.

Meanwhile, "we're all pulling for Opportunity", Mars Exploration Program director Jim Watzin said. "As you know, it's been a remarkable vehicle". A thick haze fills the atmosphere and blots out the sun, immersing much of the Red Planet in an impenetrable, perpetual night. "But regardless of how this turns out, this little rover has proven to be an invaluable investment that has greatly increased our ability to explore the Red Planet".

Opportunity, along with Spirit, its twin, landed on the planet in 2004.

Opportunity's scientific findings include evidence that Mars may have had conditions favorable for sustaining microbial life.

On Mars two weeks raging dust storm prevents the penetration of sunlight through the atmosphere. It's been testing to determine whether the valley was sculpted by flowing water, wind erosion or combination of factors.

Even on the opposite side of the planet, where the Curiosity rover is parked at Gale Crater, the thick red haze nearly completely obscures the horizon. Despite the fact that the atmospheric density of Mars is considerably lower than the density of Earth's atmosphere, and during hurricanes the amount raised in the air particles is relatively small, it still can be a problem for Rovers, powered by solar batteries. Curiosity has though been returning pictures of the opacity of the sky, which is helping scientists monitor current conditions and how they might evolve.

NASA suspended science operations by Mars Rover "opportunity", reports the website of the Agency.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The DOJ inspector general's report: Hillary Clinton has good reason to complain
Jun 17, 2018 - 01:45
But the nuanced findings provide no conclusions to support Republicans and Democrats who want to claim total vindication. Brower said the experience was "like a punch in the gut to the entire FBI, [Justice Department] team".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dustin Johnson surges to four-shot lead at US Open
Jun 17, 2018 - 01:40
For all Dustin Johnson's power and athleticism, Wayne Gretzky believes one of his greatest assets is his attitude. Piercy's day was not without regrets, especially when he three-putted from 4 feet for bogey on the par-5 16th.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jose Gimenez scores late to lift Uruguay over Egypt
Jun 17, 2018 - 01:39
In previous defeats, Egypt's national team and coach have often scrambled to respond to criticism. Egypt lost 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening group game at the Ekeratinburg Arena on Friday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Yemen war: United Nations calls for vital port of Hudaydah to stay open
Jun 16, 2018 - 14:58
Western countries have long given the Arab states tacit diplomatic backing and sell them billions of dollars a year in arms. Around two-thirds of Yemen's population of 27 million relies on aid and 8.4 million are already at risk of starving.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India seal massive win after wickets tumble
Jun 16, 2018 - 14:57
Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi plays a sweep shot during the second day of their one-off cricket test against India in Bangalore. Jadeja returned figures of 4-17 with his left-arm spin after Ashwin had also got four wickets in Afghanistan's first innings.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top FIFA World Cup coverage on Fox Sports News, Sky News and Foxsports
Jun 16, 2018 - 14:54
If you've already picked up a VPN, you can easily set up an endpoint in the US, UK, or Canada and stream the coverage from there. That means fewer casual viewers for Fox and a missed opportunity to promote an American team.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aussies backed successful joint USA-Canada-Mexico 2026 bid
Jun 15, 2018 - 01:16
Former president Bill Clinton and other celebrities spent almost two years campaigning and the US still lost to Qatar. Typically, one-man protests are allowed, but during the World Cup, temporary rules have been introduced banning them.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NCAA Changes Redshirt Rule
Jun 15, 2018 - 01:15
The intent was to discourage coaches from poaching players from other schools and creating a college "free agency". Turman was kept from talking to some schools by Smart in the coach's first spring running the program in 2016.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vivo NEX, NEX S: The rivals of Oppo Find X
Jun 15, 2018 - 01:12
The receiver speaker in the phone will come integrated in its screen , a design powered by the Screen SoundCasting Technology . Previously, there have been numerous leaks and rumors about the smartphone along with speculated features and specifications.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Migrants on stranded vessel to be taken to Spain
Jun 15, 2018 - 01:01
Italy shouldn't have to shoulder the burden by itself, he added, when other European countries aren't doing their fair share. And we can see that Corsica is not the closest or the safest.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Set To Debut Royal Tour
Jun 15, 2018 - 01:00
A moment later, the new Duchess completed hers in sync with Prince Harry , who bowed his head as a sign of respect for the Queen. Picture: AAPPrince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the United Kingdom team trials for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 in England.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Officials warn of falling ash after explosion at Kilauea summit
Jun 15, 2018 - 00:56
He told reporters on Monday that temblors are almost continuous at the summit and that gas emissions remain "very high". Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the eruption continues in the lower East Rift Zone .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The moment you missed between Meghan and Harry on the Palace balcony
Jun 14, 2018 - 07:55
Speculation over who would design Markle's dress began as soon as the couple announced their engagement last November. Markle , who married Prince Harry last month, was submitted in the supporting actress category, the network said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United States says NKorea talks moving quickly, Trump to leave early
Jun 14, 2018 - 07:48
If Kim makes such a change, he said, " President Trump is prepared to assure that there's going to be a successful transition". Upon his arrival, President Trump first met with the Prime Minister of Singapore , who is hosting the summit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top America's Got Talent contestant Courtney Hadwin earns golden buzzer from Howie Mandel
Jun 14, 2018 - 07:42
And Howie hits the Golden Buzzer putting Courtney straight through to the Live Shows. 'Bloody hell Courtney , ' Simon Cowell said after her performance.