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NASA declares end of Opportunity rover's mission on Mars

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

NASA announced the end of its rover's mission on Wednesday, 15 years after its arrival on

The announcement was made at a press conference at the agency's in Pasadena, California, following NASA's last attempt to communicate with the on Tuesday night which got no response, reported.

The has not been heard from for eight months since a planet-wide dust storm on the red planet in June last year. Mission team members have tried to rouse the ever since, but failed to set up communication again.

"Saying goodbye is hard, but it comes the time," said John Callas, project manager for

The golf-cart-sized rover far exceeded its planned 90-day mission lifetimes. It has travelled over 45 km on and worked for nearly 15 years.

landed on on January 24, 2004. First among the mission's scientific goals was to search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soils for clues to past water activity on Mars.

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 02:16 IST
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