The venerable Opportunity robber is spending a hard time on Mars. Over the past four months, the 15-year-old robot has been trapped in an entire planet of duststorm that left it behind at Perseverance Valley in the Endeavor Crater.
The enormous dust clouds that darken the Marshemel have starved vital solar energy by solar energy, making it unable to recharge and communicate with the science team and everyone else at home.
As a result, Opportunity – or Oppy, as it is known to many fans – has remained silent on June 10 and has stepped into a kind of hibernation mode. And while the global dust storm on Mars is slowly coming to an end, like the Inquisitr recently reported, Oppy is still trapped in his forced sleep and has not yet been awakened or sent home.
But the Opportunity rover is not alone in this fight. On the other side of the red planet, the younger brother, the Mars Curiosity Rover, applauds the robot while he waits patiently for Oppy to wake up – just like the rest of us.
The nuclear curiosity robot has left the monstrous storm of Mars unharmed and has already resumed the scientific operations on the slopes of Mount Sharp within the Gale Crater, as reported by the Inquisitr.
While NASA continues to monitor the situation and listen to all the radio signals coming from Mars in the hope of picking Oppy's voice, Curiosity gathers Oppy opponents to send their love to the controversial robot.
The 6-year-old robot invites all Oppy fans to write a few encouraging words on a digital map and send them to the Opportunity Rover on Mars.
"While this gigantic Mars dust storm is coming up and NASA is working on it to regain communication, I have to go to Opportunity with a postcard," tweeted Curiosity last night.
– Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) September 2, 2018
Anyone who wants to show support for Oppy's recovery can do so by going to the Mars Exploration Program website and following three easy steps to send the rover a postcard. To adapt your message to Oppy, you can choose from a variety of iconic images of the robot's long and fruitful mission to Mars and write down a few thoughts for the fearless robber.
More than 4800 people have already sent a postcard to Opportunity to encourage the rover to wake up & # 39; and call home.
"Hey, Oppy, we're still listening and working for your recovery." Call home. "Each of us at NASA is pulling for you!" Thomas Zurbuchen, a NASA employee, wrote further twitter.
Meanwhile, another support campaign for the Opportunity Rover is running on social media, as many sincere, encouraging posts have flooded Twitter under the hashags #WakeUpOppy and #SaveOppy, reports Space.
"Just as nervous as it was for us, it was painful for the team, this is their life's work, their joy to come to work every day." Send all possible support to everyone so they can hear us, use these hashtags #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy, "science journalist Shannon Stirone op twitter.