NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover provided us with great insights about the Red Planet. But it’s been a few months the Opportunity Rover has not sent a single signal back on earth. From the June of Last Year, the Rover has not contacted back to the Ground Control. The reason initially was the massive dust storm surrounding the Rover, and the signal blackout was expected for a few days. But as the rover has not established a downlink with ground control, it has been assumed that the Rover faced a silent death on the red planet.
Steven W. Squyres, who is the principal investigator on this mission said that the team is still trying to understand the reason and establish a downlink from the Rover. He also said that there is a high possibility of the Rover being dead on the red planet and that’s a good thing for rover as it might have died while on duty. It’s been fifteen years since the Rover was roaming on the Planet and provided us many of the insights about the mars. In the fifteen years life span, we’ve explored the mars more than we’ve explored any other planet in our solar system.
In June 2018, a Global dust storm on the Mars surrounded the Opportunity Rover and that might be the reason behind the lost contact. As the Dust accumulated on the solar panels, the rover is not able to generate electricity to power up the devices and contact back to the ground control center. As there is no power, the rover is rested in peace. The scientists are assuming that the weather conditions on the Mars clear, the solar panels would charge the batteries and rover will contact back to the ground stations very soon.