It is with immense sadness that we contemplate the death of the Mars rover Opportunity.
Sent to the red planet in January 2004 with an anticipated lifetime of just 90 days, Opportunity found ways to survive, to keep moving, and to keep sending us vital scientific information until last summer. In the course of its life, it traversed more than 28 miles of the planet’s surface.
In June 2018, the rover was covered by a massive dust storm, clogging her solar panels, and cutting her off from communication with earth. NASA engineers have tried to contact the rover but, finally, have had to give up the attempt.
Opportunity has given us more than a decade of extraordinary learning; she will be missed.