A NASA rover on Mars has actually fallen quiet as a massive dust storm covers the world and blots out the sun.
Flightcontrollers attempted late Tuesday night to contact Opportunity, however the rover did not react. The storm has actually been growing because completion of May and now covers one-quarter of the world.
Controllersanticipate it will be a number of more days prior to there’s adequate sunshine to charge Opportunity’s battery through its photovoltaic panels. NASA states the battery is most likely so low that just a clock is still working, to wake the spacecraft for routine power-level checks.
NASA released the twin rovers Opportunity and Spirit in 2003 to study Martian rocks and soil. Spirit hasn’t worked for a number of years. Opportunity, nevertheless, has actually kept checking out well past its anticipated objective life time.