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NASA Says Farewell To Mars Opportunity Rover

Published on 07/18/19 / In News & Politics

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, NASA's rover designed to traverse the surface of Mars stopped communicating with Earth after 15 long years of service. Engineers reportedly lost contact with the solar-powered vehicle, named Opportunity, on June 10 of last year during a massive dust storm that enveloped Mars. Since then, NASA officials have made numerous attempts to reach the six-wheeled rover with no success. Officials reportedly say that Opportunity's equipment may have been compromised in the dust storm that struck while the rover was ironically at a site called Perseverance Valley. On Tuesday, Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, said that engineers sent a transmission from a California-based antenna in a last ditch attempt to revive the rover, but heard nothing back.

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