Opportunity Rover, NASA's longest living robot that was the red planet of Mars for more than 12 years has been formally declared dead by the space agency. NASA's Opportunity Rover proved to be of great help in studying more about Mars and was one of the most fruitful missions in the history of space exploration. The robot which lost contact with the space agency in June 2017 was formally declared complete of its task on Wednesday, February 13. Since then, a community of researchers and engineers who were involved in this project are paying a tribute to the Opportunity Rover, fondly called as Oppy and mourning its loss. They are thanking it for helping so much in their research and science. NASA's Curiosity Rover Captures Photos of Mars Dust Storm.
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate addressed a news conference in California when he said, "I declare the Opportunity mission as complete." They announced made tried to contact the robot for the last time on Tuesday and couldn't. NASA's Opportunity Rover Might Have 'Died' on Mars.
Check NASA's Announcement About the End of Journey of Opportunity Rover
Today, we're saying #ThanksOppy as the @MarsRovers mission comes to an end. 6 things to know about our record-breaking, discovery-making, marathon-driving rover, which found that ancient Mars was awash in water... and some of the best images it sent back: https://t.co/ZR7pxBP1ZF pic.twitter.com/2L0gzr4WNJ
— NASA (@NASA) February 13, 2019
So while a lot of questions from the earth remain unanswered, the Opportunity Rover had proved itself withstanding through phases of endurance. John Callas, manager of the Mars Exploration Rover Project said, "It is a hard day. Even though it is a machine and we're saying goodbye, it's very hard and it's very poignant."
Check Tweets Mourning The Loss of Opportunity Rover
We asked you to work 90 Martian days and you gave us 15 years.
You confirmed water once existed on #Mars, found the first meteorite on another planet and you showed us a dust devil twisting through a Martian valley.
— Conor Reynolds (@CBRReynolds) February 13, 2019
Incredible Work, Oppy!
-Built for 92 days - Worked for 14 years
-Found evidence for water on Mars
-Found the first Martian Meteorite
-Studied it’s crashed heat shield
— Martian Wolf (@wolf_martian) February 13, 2019
Remembering Oppy With Its Work
— Wonder of Science (@wonderofscience) February 13, 2019
Clearly Not Just a Robot
— Dr. Tanya Harrison (@tanyaofmars) February 13, 2019
Oppy's Last Message Sent to Earth!
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) February 13, 2019
The Opportunity Rover was incredible with its work and it is indeed a thing to wonder how social media is mourning over the loss of a robot. Some of the people also commented on how beautiful it is to see a robot having impacted so many with its wonderful work. The end of the mission has clearly affected the scientists and researchers who worked on it.
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