April 21, 2014

Who washed the Mars Rover Opportunity? – Apr 21, 2014

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded the component images for a self-portrait about three weeks before completing a decade of work on Mars. The rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) took the images during the interval Jan. 3, 2014, to Jan. 6, 2014 (Image left below)

A key threat to the survival of the Opportunity would be dust sticking to the rover’s solar panels and as you see (image left below) the Opportunity has collected its fair share of dust. So it means the end of the Opportunity?

Don’t worry, according to NASA, this selfie of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows effects of strong wind events that had cleaned much of the accumulated dust off the rover's solar panels, (Image right below - March 2014) resulting, according to Space, in a power boost of 70 percent when compared with power levels at the start of this year.

        
Image left: Opportunity January 2014 - Image right: opportunity March 2014

The image below of the Opportunity (March 2014) is presented in false color to make differences in surface materials more easily visible. 

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Really amazing the ‘strong winds’ on Mars…

4 comments:

  1. To think that the wind would have cleaned in such a way is pure madness or too ridiculous for words, almost funny in fact !
    Yet, Who ! Who could have done it ? surely somebody or something did it ? but who !!!!
    The wind explanation is the first one to be disregarded as too ridiculous and I doubt any martians would take the bother to do it for us !
    So this is definitely unusual and hard to explain I think and as always NASA never has an answer if nothing too far fetched to be believed.

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  2. Do you think that the rover has some cleaning mechanism that blows air? Has anyone checked the rover spec?

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  3. best bet is that rover that wee see is not in Mars at all.

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  4. there was a drive thru that the rover went thru last week. bought the manager's special I believe....$10.99! Wheel polish too.

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