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NASA’s Opportunity Rover Mission Ends

  • 15 Feb 2019
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Opportunity, a NASA rover to the surface of Mars, has stopped communicating with Earth after 15 years of service.

  • NASA lost contact with the solar-powered vehicle on June 10, 2018, after a dust storm. Dust covered the solar panels of the rover due to which the rover was unable to charge its batteries.

About Opportunity Mission

  • Type: Lander/Rover
  • Launch Date: July 07, 2003
  • Landing Date on Mars: January 25, 2004
  • Target: Mars

Significance

  • Technology Demonstration
    • The opportunity rover mission was to end within three months with the objective to drive up to 1 km on the Martian surface. But the Opportunity Rover covered almost 45 km and lasted for around 15 years on the Mars.
  • History of Mars
    • Opportunity explored the craters on Mars and gathered evidence to prove that Mars once had water and was warm enough to possibly sustain life.

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