On Feb 13, 2019, NASA mission engineers have decided that all further efforts to revive the Opportunity, the space agency’s most durable Mars rover, must come to an end and we must say goodbye to Opportunity.
The $400 million Opportunity Mars rover managed to maintain an incredible 15-year long mission. The 400-pound robot rover originally was only designed for 90 days of operations, which it amazingly had outlasted computer malfunctions, wind storms, and agency budget battles to survive on Mars for more than 14 years.
Carrying three spectrometers, three cameras, a microscope, and a rock hammer, the Opportunity Mars rover was a robotic working field geologist, studying rocks and collecting minerals in its path.
Agency engineers decided it was best to now finish the mission because the seasonal winds that might clear the dust from the rover’s solar panels are dying down for the year and the bitter cold of approaching winter is likely to severely damage the rover’s unheated batteries and electric systems.
John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover project manager: “We were meant to wear these rovers out, We had no idea it would take this long. Even so, this is a hard day. Even though it is a machine, we have to say goodbye.”
It is time to say goodbye to one of the best Mars rovers in history. AstroReality MARS AR Notebook gives you the chance to meet with the Mars rovers in the Martian landscape using Augmented Reality technology. Open the notebook to wake up Ares, and see the gorgeous job made by the Opportunity.