Wed Feb 13, 2019, 05:12 PM

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity, Resilient Red Planet Explorer, Officially Dead

The robotic trailblazer's mission comes to an end after more than 14 years on Mars. Goodnight, Oppy.

FEBRUARY 13, 2019 11:58 AM PST

NASA's Opportunity rover, the third robotic wanderer to land on Mars, changed our understanding of the Martian landscape, geology, atmosphere and history. On Wednesday, NASA announced its mission has officially come to an end. The plucky explored Mars for approximately 5,515 Earth days.

During a press conference, NASA said that Opportunity hadn't responded to a last-ditch effort Tuesday to establish contact. A planet-encircling dust storm cut off communications with Opportunity on June 10, 2018, preventing its solar panels from storing power. Since then, over 830 rescue commands had been beamed to the rover.

On Tuesday night, despite the transmission of commands and Billie Holiday's I'll Be Seeing You to Mars via the Deep Space Network, the rover couldn't be roused.

"I learned this morning that we had not heard back," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said during a press conference.


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Wed Feb 13, 2019, 07:17 PM

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