NASA’s Opportunity rover in Mars that went into hibernation last June after a massive dust storm blocked sunlight from reaching its solar panels to generate power, is now feared might have dead. The last communication from the rover was received on Jane 10, 2018. In a last bit of effort, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, USA are transmitting a new set of commands to the Opportunity rover in an attempt to compel the 15-year-old Martian explorer to contact the Earth.
Mars is heading into southern winter, which brings with it extremely low temperatures that are likely to cause irreparable harm to an un-powered rover’s batteries, internal wiring and/or computer systems. Opportunity was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in 2003.