NASA announced on Wednesday that the mission of the 15-year Opportunity had come to an end after the rover stopped talking to the Earth during a meeting with a big dusty storm in June.
The last communication of Opportunity with Earth was received on June 1
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Rover was designed to withstand 90 Martian days and drive only 1100 meters, but the opportunity exceeded expectations, exceeding the life expectancy by 60 times . Rover's main goal was to gather information about the history of the climate of Mars and to seek places that were once favorable to life. Her findings at Meridiani Planum have shown that the location may be residential at some point in the history of the planet reports Space.com.
"It is precisely because of the primary missions, such as the possibility that the day will come when our brave astronauts walk along the surface of Mars," said NASA administrator Jim Bridzhenshin. "And when that day comes, part of the first track will belong to men and women Opportunity, and the little rover who challenged and did so much in his intelligence. "
Barack Obama has published rover images on Instagram on Wednesday, writing " It's not sad that everything is over, proud of what we so much taught. Congratulations to all the @NASA men and women on the Marshall Mission, which has broken all expectations, inspired a new generation of Americans, and demands that we continue to invest in science that pushes the boundaries of human knowledge. "of which you can see on the slide show above.
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