NASA Extends Recovery Efforts for Opportunity as the Mars Rover Remains Silent After Dust Storm

    NASA is hoping Martian winds will clear some of the dust from Opportunity’s solar panels, allowing the rover to generate power. After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA announced it will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future. Winds could increase in the next few months at Opportunity’s location on Mars, resulting in dust being blown off the rover’s solar panels. Ray Arvidson, PhD, with Washington University in St. Louis is deputy principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover mission. Arvidson provides a details of the recovery efforts.