Mars Opportunity Rover On Red Planet For 15 Years Now

By Bill Strange

January 25, 2019

NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover is silently marking its 15th year on the Red Planet.  However, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists say yesterday's anniversary is bittersweet because they do not know the status of the Mars rover.  The golf-cart sized mobile landed on the Mars in 2004 but its last contact with Earth was in June.  Mars had a planet-wide dust storm that covered the rover's location, blocking so much sunlight that it could no longer charge its batteries.

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