NASA to Share Results of Effort to Recover Mars Opportunity Rover

Opportunity’s panoramic camera (Pancam) took the component images for this view from a position outside Endeavor Crater during the span of June 7 to June 19, 2017. Toward the right side of this scene is a broad notch in the crest of the western rim of crater. (Credits: NASA/JPL (Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.)

PASADENA, Calif. (NASA/JPL-Caltech PR) — NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. The briefing will air live on NASA Television, the agency’s website and YouTube.

The briefing will follow NASA’s last planned attempts to communicate with Opportunity late Tuesday evening. The solar-powered rover last communicated with Earth June 10, 2018, as a planet-wide dust storm was blanketing the Red Planet.

Briefing participants will include:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
  • Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division
  • Michael Watkins, JPL director
  • Steve Squyres, MER principal investigator at Cornell University
  • John Callas, MER project manager
  • Matt Golombek, MER project scientist
  • Abigail Fraeman, MER deputy project scientist
  • Jennifer Trosper, Mars 2020 project systems engineer

The public can ask questions on social media using the hashtag #askNASA or by leaving a comment in the chat section on YouTube.

A recording of the briefing will be available shortly after its conclusion at:

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

NASA’s twin robot geologists, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on the Mars in 2004 in search of answers about the history of water on the planet. Spirit concluded its mission in 2010. JPL manages Spirit and Opportunity for NASA.

For more information about the Mars Exploration Rover program, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer