FILE - This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. The exploratory vehicle landed on Jan. 24, 2004, and logged more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) before falling silent during a global dust storm in June 2018. There was so much dust in the Martian atmosphere that sunlight could not reach Opportunity's solar panels for power generation. (NASA via AP)

Silenced by intense Mars dust storm, Nasa makes final attempt to contact rover Opportunity before farewell

  • If there is no response to the space agency’s commands by Wednesday, the vehicle will be declared dead 15 years after arriving at the red planet
  • Its identical twin, Spirit, was pronounced dead in 2011, a year after it got stuck in sand and communication ceased
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FILE - This illustration made available by NASA shows the rover Opportunity on the surface of Mars. The exploratory vehicle landed on Jan. 24, 2004, and logged more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) before falling silent during a global dust storm in June 2018. There was so much dust in the Martian atmosphere that sunlight could not reach Opportunity's solar panels for power generation. (NASA via AP)
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