NASA executives are finally accepting the verity the Opportunity rover can be gone forever. The spacecraft—that is situated on the rim of Red Planet’s Endeavour Crater—had no contact for 4 Months after an intense dust tempest that surrounded Mars.
In due course, skies cleared by mid-September, when NASA started a 6-week listening course to attempt and obtain information from their tool. Nevertheless, that is already approaching end and the solar-powered robot stays sleeping—with researchers set to discontinue attempting to communicate with it in the coming days.
The acting director of planetary science division of NASA, Dr Lori Glaze, proposed that efforts to recover opportunity by sending signals each day would be approaching closing stages. Dr Glaze, in last week, mentioned that attempts to restart the rover would persist only for “another week or 2.” NASA stated it has “not placed any limits” for giving up contact.
NASA, last month, divulged it had observed the quiet rover on the Mars’ surface, although it still has not listened from it. In late September, a picture was captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from 166 miles up, with the rover seen as a small dot.
The engineers engaged with the assignment were at first buoyant that the rover would rouse again once the tempest subsided—however, after months of stillness, they lately confessed confidence is “shaky.”
On the other end, Parker Solar Probe of NASA has just made history by making the nearest ever approach by a human-made body to the Sun. On 29 October 2018, it surpassed the earlier, decades-old log of 26.55 million miles (42.73 million kilometers) from the surface of the Sun. The earlier record was placed in April 1976 by the German-American collaboration Helios 2. Helios 2, similar to the Parker Solar Probe, was a probe hurled into solar orbit to evaluate the processes on the Sun.