NASA Opportunity Rover declared dead after 15 years of service

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  1. MacNut macrumors Core

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    RIP Opportunity, 15 years and 28 miles traveled.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/scienc...declared-dead-after-record-setting-ncna971071
     
  2. quagmire macrumors 603

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    RIP Oppy.

    The twins contributed a lot to science and to the understanding the past of our red neighbor in the solar system.
     
  3. yaxomoxay macrumors 68030

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    RIP Oppy.
    Supposed to be on Mars for a few months, lived 15 years. Truly remarkable.
     
  4. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    Jeeze, I remember when Opportunity landed on Mars back in 2004. Time flies

    15 years isn’t a bad run for something originally only supposed to last 90 days, especially considering the harsh environment of mars.

    Maybe when we land on Mars Oportunity and Spirit can return home.
     
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    I read about this: Fantastic story and what a wonderful - and yes, moving yet appropriate send off to "Oppy".

    Astonishing that the lander had an intended lifespan of 90 days but lasted all of 15 years - absolutely awesome.
     
  6. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    Really fantastic. Kudos to all the designers, scientists and engineers who made this happen.
     
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