US space agency NASA Will start Its Own effort to restore communication with the Mars rover Opportunity.
In a current announcement, NASA said it would begin a 45-day campaign of active efforts to restore communications with Opportunity once skies over the rover stuck to a sufficient level, Xinhua reported.
The rover was out of touch since early June, when a significant dust storm strikes the rover of solar power and the storm is evaporating.
“The dust haze made by the Martian global dust storm of 2018 is still one of the most extensive on record, but all indications are it’s finally coming to a close,” said Rich Zurek, project scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Zurek said in the announcement that there was no signs of dust storms within 3,000 kilometers of Opportunity”for some time.”
John Callas, Opportunity project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement that”supposing we hear back from Opportunity, we’ll begin the process of its own standing and bringing it back on line.”
However, NASA’s strategy attracted criticism because it restricted the busy part of the retrieval to 45 days.
Mike Seibert, a former flight director and rover driver for Opportunity reported that Jet Propulsion Laboratory under NASA once attempted”active listening” of Spirit, the twin of Opportunity, for 10 months in 2010 and 2011 when that rover stopped transmitting before giving up.
Callas reported that if Opportunity didn’t respond to communications attempts after that 45-day campaign, it likely meant the spacecraft had suffered a mission-ending malfunction.
“We will keep trying to receive our Martian buddy back online. We will not give up on #Oppy even following the 45 days of plan we’ve put in position!”