has reportedly not been able to establish contact with the
– which has been exploring
for 14 years – for over two months, due to a global dust storm engulfing the
. However, the US space agency has not given up on trying to make contact with the robotic rover. The rover had to undergo an emergency shutdown after the dust storm prevented it from powering itself through its solar panels
Scientists from Nasa’s
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
have been attempting to send Opportunity a message command three times a week since then.
The last time Nasa heard from Opportunity was June 10.
“A variety of scientists think early to mid-September might be a time when the skies clear enough that it could recharge,” Andrew Good, Mars and Mars technology media relations specialist, told ‘Inverse’.