NASA confirms Mars rover Opportunity is dead


Ulysses Everett McGill
Aug 26, 2011
Robot the size of a golf buggy has sent data to Earth for 15 years but fell silent eight months ago and Nasa says mission is complete

Nasa has declared the veteran Mars rover Opportunity dead after 15 years on the red planet.

The golf buggy-sized robotic vehicle last made contact with Earth eight months ago, falling silent after being caught in a global dust storm.

Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at Nasa said the rover “remained silent” after a last-ditch effort to contact Opportunity on Tuesday.