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Wake Up, Opportunity! Still Waiting For Mars Rover To Phone Home

20 Aug 2018, 16:28 UTC
Wake Up, Opportunity! Still Waiting For Mars Rover To Phone Home
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Side-by-side movies shows how dust has enveloped the Red Planet, courtesy of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The view from May (left) shows grand canyon of Valles Marineris , Sinus Meridiani center, an autumn dust storm in Mare Acidalia (top) and the early spring south polar cap (bottom). The view from July shows the same regions, but most of the surface was obscured by the planet-encircling dust and haze except for the tops of several tall volcanoes (dark spots). NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ Malin Space Systems
Dust from Mars’ planet-encircling dust storm is finally beginning to settle out of the atmosphere. As proof, I can report that I’m finally able to see the south polar cap and several surface features through my telescope. Other observers have reported similar views. But the fact that NASA’s Opportunity rover has yet to “wake up” and contact its handlers back home means we still have a ways to go before the Martian air clears.
NASA’s Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when choking dust cut off solar power for the nearly 15-year-old rover. Now that it appears more dust is falling out of the atmosphere than being blown back into it, mission control is ...

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