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Nasa Opportunity rover still lost on Mars as dust storm which engulfed the Red Planet begins...
metro.co.uk ^ | Monday 13 Aug 2018 2:53 pm | Jasper Hamill

Posted on 08/15/2018 6:51:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Nasa robot is still missing and presumed dead on the surface of Mars. Space scientists lost contact with the Opportunity Rover almost two months ago as it was buffeted by a huge dust storm which covered the entire surface of Mars.

The swirling maelstrom will have deposited powder onto the solar panels which power the exploration ‘droid, meaning it cannot recharge its battery to make contact with mission control back on Earth.

New pictures taken by professional and amateur astronomers in recent days have shown the features of Mars emerge once again as the dust settles.

But there’s still no sign of Opportunity and the mood at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is beginning to falter.

(Excerpt) Read more at metro.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: lost; mars; nasa; rover
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1 posted on 08/15/2018 6:51:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Opportunity , phone home


2 posted on 08/15/2018 6:55:54 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: BenLurkin

It gave us 14 years of work in a hostile environment with no maintenance. Pretty damn impressive.


3 posted on 08/15/2018 7:01:15 AM PDT by BBQToadRibs
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I am surprised they did not include a brush to sweep the solar panels clean.


4 posted on 08/15/2018 7:02:36 AM PDT by Mr. K (No consequence of repealing Obamacare is worse than Obamacare itself.)
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To: BBQToadRibs

No worries, Matt Damon will find it.


5 posted on 08/15/2018 7:03:06 AM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: BenLurkin

I like how a British publication knows all about how the crew at JPL feel.

If the storm is just winding down, it only makes sense that the rover is still out of communication.

My kid worked on a NASA mission where the satellite in deep space went dark for several months before they were able to re-establish comms. Hopefully they’ll do the same with this one.


6 posted on 08/15/2018 7:04:12 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: Mr. K

It was designed for something like 6 months of mission life and lasted 14 years.


7 posted on 08/15/2018 7:04:49 AM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: BBQToadRibs

Agreed. And what is equally impressive is that it also survived obama throwing the off switch for 8 years.


8 posted on 08/15/2018 7:07:19 AM PDT by V_TWIN (oks like)
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To: V_TWIN

muslim outreach


9 posted on 08/15/2018 7:11:49 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: BenLurkin

It will hibernate and wait for Marvin to clean its panels


10 posted on 08/15/2018 7:15:12 AM PDT by butlerweave
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To: onedoug

I know right? That was so bizarre.


11 posted on 08/15/2018 7:21:45 AM PDT by V_TWIN (oks like)
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To: Magnum44

that’s great

it would have lasted for a few more years if they had thought about a cleaning method for its ONLY power source.


12 posted on 08/15/2018 7:28:43 AM PDT by Mr. K (No consequence of repealing Obamacare is worse than Obamacare itself.)
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To: BenLurkin

Have they blamed Trump or Globull Warming or Climate Change yet?................


13 posted on 08/15/2018 7:35:21 AM PDT by Red Badger (July 2018 - the month the world learns the TRUTH......Q Anon)
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Three things.

1) The opportunity rovers were part of NASA’s faster, better, cheaper initiative, so they had to come in under a very tight budget. So keep it simple, minimize cost, minimize complexity.

2) I believe they did have strategies for extending solar cell life, but solar cells degrade over time in any case. At some point, just that degradation reduces the output to the point where mission is no longer possible. Dust storms just add to that problem.

3) Keep in mind that its 14 years into a 6 month expected life, and the solar cells are not the only thing that may be at or near end of life. Batteries, motors, electronics, bearings, and gears, all wear out eventually. I am sure that the focus of this report on the solar cells is omitting the tremendous effort by the operations crew that has gone into keeping the rover running for this long. At some point, one or more of these types of failures just puts you beyond recovery.


14 posted on 08/15/2018 7:42:30 AM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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If those dumb Martians would do something about their 'climate change,' these things wouldn't happen! Algore, make a video about it.

15 posted on 08/15/2018 7:43:15 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Kill-googl,TWITR,FACBK,NYT,WaPo,Hlywd,CNN,NFL,BLM,CAIR,Antifa,SPLC,ESPN,NPR,NBA)
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To: BenLurkin

Was there a earth shattering Kaboom?


16 posted on 08/15/2018 7:51:19 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: Zathras; Chode; Squantos; snooter55; All
Please hold and one of Our Service Department Representatives will be with you in a Moment. (Cue cheap Hold Music)
17 posted on 08/15/2018 8:04:01 AM PDT by mabarker1 (congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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18 posted on 08/15/2018 8:07:18 AM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: BenLurkin

I hope Shiela Jackson Lee gets a chance to steer it over toward the flag Neil Armstrong planted to take a picture before the thing goes kaput for good.


19 posted on 08/15/2018 8:08:11 AM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Magnum44

I don’t imagine it’s lost as they KNOW where it is.

Just lost communication.


20 posted on 08/15/2018 8:08:49 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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