- NASA’s ‘Opportunity Rover’ landed on Mars in January 2004, a few weeks after its rover twin, Spirit.
- It discovered white veins of the mineral gypsum, an indication of water
- The Opportunity mission cost more than $1 billion
- NASA has tried more than 800 times to contact Rover
- Last contact with NASA’s Rover on June 10 last year
The storm came in June last year, the failure of transmission capacity
America’s space agency NASA’s Rover Opportunity ended NASA finally declared this rover dead. This NASA rover was the highest runway rover on Mars. The rover pistol powered by solar power was quiet for about eight months. NASA was trying to reconnect with this rover. Due to the sandy hurricane that came in June last year, the capacity of the transmission had weakened.
This rover landed on the surface of the red planet in 2004, 15 years ago. NASA engineers engaged in contact with the rover had feared that the internal clock would get worse due to the storm. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said tweeting that after more than 800 efforts to contact Opportunity Rover, today we announce the end of the successful Mars mission.
Opportunity was set for 90 days to gather information about the red planet, but ended up more than 14 years on Mars.
The vehicle was built to drive six-tenths of a mile (1 km), but it moved covering 28 miles (45 km) and lasting longer on the Red Planet than any other robot sent to the surface of Mars.
After 800+ attempts to contact @MarsRovers Opportunity, today we’re announcing the end of a successful Martian mission. Intended to explore the Red Planet for 90 days, Oppy outlived its mission lifetime by 14+ years. Join us live now: https://t.co/zJwTTpQNwp #ThanksOppy pic.twitter.com/U4J26TfzDv— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) February 13, 2019
‘Opportunity explored craters on Mars, it gathered evidence to demonstrate the planet in the ancient past was wet and warm enough to possibly sustain life,’ NASA said.
Another NASA rover, Curiosity, landed on the red planet in 2012, continues its work on the surface of Mars, collecting soil samples to analyze them for signs of organic compounds.