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NASA ends Mars rover Opportunity mission

NASA said on Wednesday it ended its Mars Rover Opportunity mission 15 years after sending the rover to the red planet.

"After 800+ attempts to contact @MarsRovers Opportunity, today we’re announcing the end of a successful Martian mission. Intended to explore the Red Planet for 90 days, Oppy outlived its mission lifetime by 14+ years," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet. NASA noted that it last communicated with Opportunity in June last year after which a dust storm on Mars prevented communication.

Following the end of the Opportunity mission, Curiosity, which arrived on the red planet in 2012, remains the only operational rover on Mars. Meanwhile, NASa is planning to send another rover to Mars next year.

Breaking the News / NP