Feb 14, 2019
Nasa calls time on silent Opportunity Mars rover
The US space agency has called time on its Opportunity Mars rover. Engineers hoped Oppy would power back up when the skies cleared and sunlight hit its solar panels again - but there has not been a peep out of the rover. In the end, the golf-buggy-sized rovers surpassed all expectations. NASA/JPL. Spirit worked for six years, logging a drive distance of almost 8km; and Opportunity trundled on for 45km over 15 years - a record for any wheeled vehicle off Earth. NASA/JPL. Opportunity's silence leaves just the one working rover on Mars.
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