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NM scientist attempting communication with Mars rover

Tessa Mentus
September 08, 2018 12:58 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For months a New Mexico scientist and other members of a NASA Mars rover team have been monitoring a massive dust storm on the red planet.

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The dust storm caused them to lose contact with the rover, but now that the dust is settling, there’s hope the Opportunity rover will come back to life.

Dr. Larry Crumpler said within a matter of days or weeks, they will start a 45-day period of actively trying to communicate with opportunity.

“We're trying to send it a signal that says 'if you hear this send us a beep,'” said Dr. Crumpler.

If Opportunity doesn't respond, the team will then spend months listening, and waiting, hoping the rover's mission isn't over.

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