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.

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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.

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