NASA announces the end of the mission of the Mars probe 'Opportunity', ultra long term mission of 60 times the initial plan finally finished

On February 13, 2018, NASA announced the completion of the mission of the Martian spacecraft " Opportunity (Opportunity) ". Originally it was Opportunity which was given the mission exploration mission of 90 days, but realized a super long-term mission of 60 times its mission. The most successful mission in history in interplanetary exploration has finally come to an end.

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End - NASA's Mars Exploration Program

The Opportunity launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, USA on January 24, 2004, landed in the Meridiani Planum area of Mars seven months later.

It was an Opportunity that was scheduled to explore the surface of Mars by running 1100 yards (about 1000 meters) in 90 days, but it demonstrates endurance and durability far beyond the expectations of NASA scientists. I have also cleared many difficult scenes and have continued my duty with full creation.

Why has the Mars unmanned aircraft that should stop in 90 days keep moving for 10 years? - GIGAZINE

Opportunity has taken over more than 217,000 photos taken with a 360 degree camera to deliver it to the earth and also succeeded in analyzing the surface of 52 rocks in detail, and hematite which is a mineral produced in the water We have continued to make a brilliant achievement, such as discovering signs that water existed on ancient Mars.

Self portraits by Opportunity

Solar power generation became impossible due to the sandstorm occurred on the surface of Mars in June 2018 after more than 14 years of arrival from Mars, and several thousand times of recovery command was sent, but at last the communication ceased. And on February 12, 2019 the last resurrection command was sent but it did not succeed and NASA eventually decided to end the mission of the Opportunity.

Opportunity, which continued Mars exploration for 15 years, eventually ended over 28 mile (about 45 kilometers). Thomas Tulubhen, Vice President of Science at NASA said, "Over the course of 10 years the Opportunity was a symbol of Mars exploration, taught us the possibility that Mars was once covered with water.Apportunity is followed by a spacecraft Curiosity and InSight, as well as a new spacecraft arriving in 2020 will mitigate the sorrow of the loss of the Opportunity, "he said, honoring the achievement of the Opportunity which greatly expanded the way of Mars exploration I will.

The record of the Martian exploration of the great Opportunity can be confirmed in the following movie.

Opportunity: NASA Rover Completes Mars Mission - YouTube

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