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Mars Opportunity Rover Appears To Contact Earth; Turns Out To Be a False Alarm

dmoberhaus writes: NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover appeared to briefly make contact with the agency’s Deep Space Network on Thursday afternoon after five months of silence. In June, a mud hurricane took Opportunity offline and each try to deliver the rover again to existence has failed. NASA scientists had been hoping that seasonal winds that sweep the planet from November to February would possibly blow the mud off of Opportunity’s sun panels. Was this the rover’s first strive looking to get again into touch with Earth? Update 11/17/18: No. It seems that the knowledge won via the Deep Space Network used to be no longer from the Opportunity rover. “Today [the Deep Space Network website] showed what looked like a signal from Opportunity,” JPL said in a tweet. “As much as we’d like to say this was an #OppyPhoneHome moment, further investigation shows these signals were not an Opportunity transmission. Test data or false positives can make it look like a given spacecraft is active on [the Deep Space Network website]. Our work to reestablish comms continues.”

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