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Title: Life on Mars: my 15 amazing years with Oppy, NASA's record-breaking rover
Author(s): Schroeder, Christian
Keywords: European Space Agency
Mars exploration
Red Planet
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2019
Publisher: The Conversation Trust
Citation: Schroeder C (2019) Life on Mars: my 15 amazing years with Oppy, NASA’s record-breaking rover. The Conversation. 26.02.2019.
Abstract: First paragraph: “It’s getting dark, my batteries are running low.” With this final poignant message, the most successful mission to Mars – originally planned to last 90 days – ended after 15 years, in a dust storm in June 2018. Despite efforts to re-establish contact with its solar-powered rover “Oppy”, NASA declared the mission over on February 13 2019. The little robotic geologist had transmitted thousands of images from the surface of the planet, transforming our understanding of Mars and paving the way for future exploration. In 2003, NASA launched its daring new mission with twin exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity, heralding a new era of discovery on the Red Planet. While not the first rovers on Mars – that was Sojourner on 1997’s Mars Pathfinder mission – they were the first to look beyond the horizon of any stationary landing platform.
Type: Newspaper/Magazine Article
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