The planet-encircling mud storm on Mars is displaying indications of peaking and maybe decaying.
Mud lifting websites have decreased in extent and a few floor options are beginning to turn out to be seen. The storm has sustained excessive atmospheric opacity circumstances over the Alternative website, though there are some preliminary indications that the opacity could be lowering there.
For the reason that final contact with the rover on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), Alternative has seemingly skilled a low-power fault and maybe, a mission clock fault and now an up-loss fault.
The science workforce is continuous to hear daily for the rover both in the course of the anticipated fault communication home windows or listening over a broader vary of instances utilizing the Deep Area Community Radio Science Receiver.
For the close to time period, the science workforce will proceed to ship a command thrice per week to elicit a beep if the rover occurs to be awake.
It’s not anticipated to listen to something from Alternative till there was a major discount within the atmospheric opacity over the rover website.
Whole odometry is 28.06 miles (45.16 kilometers).
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Opportunity Continues in a Deep Sleep Beneath Raging Dust Storm
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 25, 2018
The mud storm on Mars is continuous as a Planet-encircling Mud Occasion (PEDE).
The storm has sustained excessive atmospheric opacity circumstances over the Alternative website for a number of weeks. The final contact with the rover was on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018).
Since then, it’s seemingly that Alternative has skilled a low-power fault, placing herself to sleep solely to wake when the skies finally clear.
If the atmospheric opacity or the photo voltaic array mud issue has gotten even worse for the reason that las … read more