News from Feb 15, 2019
NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity was originally designed to last just 90 Martian days on the surface of Mars, instead it exceeded its anticipated life time by 60 times. In June 2018, after almost 15 years of successful operation in the region Meridiani Planum on Mars, the rover stopped communicating with Earth during a severe planet wide dust storm. After a final transmission to communicate with Opportunity failed, NASA/JPL announced the end of the rover mission on 13 February 2019.
"For more than a decade, Opportunity has been an icon in the field of planetary exploration, teaching us about Mars' ancient past as a wet, potentially habitable planet, and revealing uncharted Martian landscapes," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in the news briefing at mission completion on Wednesday.