NASA’s Opportunity rover is in a deep sleep on Mars — but there’s hope it will wake up again

<em>An artistic rendering of NASA’s Opportunity rover</em>” src=”×2125/1310×873/”></p><p>On Mars, NASA’s Opportunity rover <a href=has run out of so much power it can’t communicate with Earth anymore — but that doesn’t mean the vehicle is dead yet. The robot is in a deep sleep, thanks to a particularly nasty dust storm that’s blocking sunlight from hitting its solar panels. NASA engineers are optimistic that the rover will be able to wake up and do science again once the storm has cleared up. But they’re still worried.

“It’s like you have a loved one in a coma in the hospital,” John Callas, the project manager for Opportunity at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said during a press conference. “You have the doctors telling you that, ‘Okay, you just have to give it time, and she’ll wake up.’ All the vital signs are good, so it’s just…

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Author: Loren Grush

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