Opportunity was disabled by a planet-wide dust storm last summer. JPL engineers lost contact with Opportunity on June 10th, 2018. This occurred in the 15th year of what was meant to be a 4-year-long mission in a hostile alien environment.”We have and will continue to use multiple techniques in our attempts to contact the rover,” said Opportunity’s project manager at JPL, John Callas. “Over the past seven months we have attempted to contact Opportunity over 600 times,” Callas said.
This is the time of year when winds of Mars are strong enough to potentially clear the dust covering Opportunity’s solar panels, which is preventing it from recharging its batteries but temperatures are expected to plunge to dangerously low, winter is approaching on Mars. On Friday (Jan 25), Nasa announced it had begun sending a new set of commands to handle the possibility that the rover has indeed revived but has been unable to talk because of problems with its radios or its internal clock. The new effort will be tried for several weeks Considering all alternatives, Opportunity had possibly died. “This could be the end,” Mr Steven W. Squyres, principal investigator for the mission said. “That’s an honorable death,” he added.