NASA’s Record-Setting Mars Rover Declared Dead After 15 Years

NASA’s Record-Setting Mars Rover Declared Dead After 15 Years

NASA’s Record-Setting Mars Rover Declared Dead After 15 Years

 

NASA announced during a press conference Wednesday that its Opportunity rover, the third robotic wanderer to land on Mars, has been declared dead after 15 years of service.

“I learned this morning that we had not heard back,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said of failed attempts to make contact with the rover in recent months. “It is therefore that I am standing here with a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude [and] I declare the Opportunity mission as complete.”

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine also shared his thoughts on Twitter alongside a photo of the rover. “After 800-plus attempts to contact @MarsRovers Opportunity, today we’re announcing the end of a successful Martian mission,” he wrote. “Intended to explore the Red Planet for 90 days, Oppy outlived its mission lifetime by 14-plus years.”

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