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The End of Opportunity


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This is the final image sent by the Mars Rover, Opportunity before contact was lost.

The image up above is not showing stars in the night sky on Mars. The blackness here is actually caused by the storm, while the white specks are static due to noise from the camera. The black bar at the bottom is data that was not received from the rover, as its transmission back to Earth was interrupted and the rover switched off.

Opportunity carried on for 5111 sols, almost ten years longer than its sibling rover, Spirit. A 90 day mission life was planned and instead it lived 14 years and rolled over 42.85 km of Mars' surface.

It landed in the Meridiani Planum on January 25, 2004 and worked until a dust storm took it offline on June 10, 2018.

Kudos to the team that made this possible; the designers, the builders, the programmers and the team that monitored and guided this little miracle.


Free Spirit
Staff member
May the Mars Rover RIP. I bet the information it sent back is priceless. The first step in humans going there. Well maybe.