Motilal Oswal
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February 17, 2019 05:03 PM IST | Smart Tech

NASA’s Mars rover ‘Opportunity’ finally bites the dust after 15 years

NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars rover that was built to operate for just three months but kept going and going, rolling across the rocky red soil, was pronounced dead Wednesday, 15 years after it landed on the planet. The six-wheeled vehicle that helped gather critical evidence that ancient Mars might have been hospitable to life was remarkably spry up until eight months ago, when it was finally doomed by a ferocious dust storm.

This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. (NASA via AP)
This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. (NASA via AP)
This photo made available by NASA shows sand dunes less than 1 meter (3.3 feet) high in the
This photo made available by NASA shows sand dunes less than 1 meter (3.3 feet) high in the "Endurance Crater" on the planet Mars, seen by the Opportunity rover. (NASA/JPL/Cornell via AP)
This photo made available by NASA shows a dust devil in a valley on Mars, seen by the Opportunity rover perched on a ridge. The view looks back at the rover's tracks leading up the north-facing slope of
This photo made available by NASA shows a dust devil in a valley on Mars, seen by the Opportunity rover perched on a ridge. The view looks back at the rover's tracks leading up the north-facing slope of "Knudsen Ridge," which forms part of the southern edge of "Marathon Valley." (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This photo made available by NASA shows the tool turret at the end of the Opportunity rover's robotic arm on the southern side of
This photo made available by NASA shows the tool turret at the end of the Opportunity rover's robotic arm on the southern side of "Marathon Valley," which goes through the western rim of Endeavour Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This photo shows Opportunity's landing platform, with freshly made tracks leading away from it. Opportunity rolled about 11 feet on Thursday, the first day it has moved since it left the lander on Saturday. Engineers commanded Opportunity to turn slightly during the drive, to test how it steers while rolling through the martian soil. (NASA/JPL via AP)
This photo shows Opportunity's landing platform, with freshly made tracks leading away from it. Opportunity rolled about 11 feet on Thursday, the first day it has moved since it left the lander on Saturday. Engineers commanded Opportunity to turn slightly during the drive, to test how it steers while rolling through the martian soil. (NASA/JPL via AP)
This image sent by NASA's Opportunity rover shows a view from atop a hill on Mars. (NASA via AP)
This image sent by NASA's Opportunity rover shows a view from atop a hill on Mars. (NASA via AP)
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