Continental storms on this scale are a regular occurrence on Mars and take place when the Red Planet is closest to the Sun. The good news is no dust storms are brewing within 1,900 miles of Opportunity according to MRO Project Scientist Rich Zurek.
"MARCI images of the Opportunity site have shown no active dust storms for some time within 3,000 kilometres of the rover site", Zurek said. They haven't heard from him since June 10th and they're anxious this last storm may have killed off the bot that could. That optical depth, also known as tau, is typically around 0.5 under normal conditions. Opportunity has been out of contact for some time now because of a huge dust storm. In subsequent Opportunity mission updates, JPL said that tau was decreasing, but did not give a specific figure. If 45 days have passed without a response, the team will cease its active efforts to recover the rover. On 4 August, NASA engineers played Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" to the rover, but apparently not even the campy pizazz of George Michael and company could restart it. 45 days after a Tau of 1.5. The impact of this latest storm on Opportunity's systems is unknown but could have resulted in reduced energy production, diminished battery performance, or other unforeseen damage that could make it hard for the rover to fully return online.
Let's hope we speak soon, Opportunity. Starting those efforts while tau was still as high as 1.5 is "not almost as generous as our trusty, faithful, courageous Opportunity deserves", arguing that the project should wait until tau drops to around 0.7. The original mission was created to last for just 90 days, so Opportunity has outperformed about 60 times over.
To prepare, the Opportunity mission team has developed a two-step plan to provide the highest probability of successfully communicating with the rover and bringing it back online.
"The Sun is breaking through the haze over Perseverance Valley, and soon there will be enough sunlight present that Opportunity should be able to recharge its batteries", said John Callas, Opportunity project manager at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in (JPL).
"The 45-day active listening period was decided based on input from across the team", JPL spokesman DC Agle said August 31. "The 45-day period, which has not started yet, is meant to span the most likely time to hear from the rover; that is, when the skies clear and there is the most amount of sunlight".
Another factor, Agle said, is decreasing sunlight because of seasonal changes. However, we are continuing to listen diligently every day during our programmed fault communication windows, as well as through the Deep Space Network Radio Science Receiver. On the other hand, there is a possibility that a large amount of dust could have been deposited on our solar arrays severely reducing our solar power, so we will continue our passive listening efforts for several more months until early next year.
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