NASA’s Opportunity Rover Mission Concludes

After almost 15 years of exploration, the Opportunity rover mission on Mars has ended. NASA attempted to contact the rover for a final time on February 12, 2019. Its silence spelled the end of an era and the closing of a mission that far exceeded NASA’s expectations.

Command Center NASA JPL Opportunity
Source: NASA JPL

The Opportunity rover accomplished much during its active time on Mars. The vehicle was only supposed to last 90 Martian days but lasted nearly 60 times as much. Distance too was supposed to be 1,000 meters; however, the rover traveled more than 45 kilometers.

In June 2018, a massive dust storm covered the area Opportunity was operating in. No messages have been detected or contact established since that storm.

Please click NASA’s link below for more of Opportunity’s history and accomplishments.

NASA JPL

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