After failing to restore contact with the Mars Opportunity Rover in more than six months, NASA has decided to no longer attempt to communicate with the robot, ending more than a decade of planetary exploration.

Designed to last on Mars for just 90 days and travel a mere 1,100 yards, Opportunity instead traveled more than 28 miles and lasted 60 times longer than its proposed life expectancy. NASA lost communication with Opportunity during a severe dust storm that blanketed its location on Mars in June of last year. That was also the last time NASA received feedback from the solar-powered rover.

“We have made every reasonable engineering effort to try to recover Opportunity and have determined that the likelihood of receiving a signal is far too low to continue recovery efforts," said John Callas, manager of the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) project at JPL.

Opportunity was followed to the Martian surface by the Curiosity Rover and InSight Lander, and in 2020 a new rover is slated to arrive on the red planet to continue exploration.

The rover landed on Mars in January of 2004, seven months after its launch. Its twin rover, Spirit, landed 20 days earlier and logged nearly 5 miles before its mission wrapped up in 2011. During its time on Mars, Opportunity returned more than 217,000 images including 360° panoramic images, exposed the surfaces of 52 rocks and cleared 72 additional targets with a brush for inspection with spectrometers and a microscopic imager. The rover also found indications at Endeavor Crater of the action of ancient water similar to the drinkable water of a pond or lake on Earth.

The InSight Lander touched down in November of last year to further explore Mars and Curiosity has been on the planet for six years. The Mars 2020 Rover and the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover both will launch in July of that year and are designed to seek signs of past microbial life on the planet.

The video NASA released shows the path Opportunity took over the past 15 years as well as some of the more impressive photos it took during its 28 mile journey.

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