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Sun Jan 27, 2019, 08:06 PM

NASAs Mars Opportunity rover may have 'died' in dust storm, scientists fear

No contact since June.

15 years, unbelievable.

From Fox News.
Fifteen years after NASA's Opportunity rover touched down on the surface of Mars, scientists fear they may never hear from the spacecraft again.

Opportunity hasn't been heard from since a dust storm on the Red Planet last June. There was so much dust in Mars' atmosphere that sunlight could not reach Opportunity's solar panels to generate power.

https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasas-mars-opportunity-rover-may-have-died-in-dust-storm-scientists-fear


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Reply NASAs Mars Opportunity rover may have 'died' in dust storm, scientists fear (Original post)
def_con5 Jan 2019 OP
Paradigm Jan 2019 #1
wonderwarthog Jan 2019 #2
oflguy Jan 2019 #3
Currentsitguy Jan 2019 #4
def_con5 Jan 2019 #5

Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 08:16 PM

1. Global warming on Mars causes dust storms. In case you forgot.

Now send AlGore a check so he can fix it.

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 10:11 PM

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 09:41 AM

3. Sounds like it could be buried in dust

Unfortunate. Its twin, Spirit, went out in 2010 after going into a sand trap. There is much we could have learned from both.

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Response to def_con5 (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:11 AM

4. To this day

I don't understand why they couldn't have engineered some sort of sweep to keep the panels dust free.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 12:57 PM

5. My guess too much power

At full extension, and good weather it produces about 140 watts per Mars day. It needs about 120 a day to perform its mission. Not a lot of reserve left.

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