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It was only expected to last for three months and travel just 1,100 yards, but after 15 years, 28 miles and 5,000 charge cycles, @NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is officially dead. #ThanksOppy wired.trib.al/MK49MZV
The Mars rover Opportunity gave us really incredible images, like this one of its tracks as a Martian dust devil twists below. wired.trib.al/MK49MZV #ThanksOppy 2/
📸 NASA/JPL-Caltech
Or this shot looking back at part of the west rim of the Endeavour Crater of Mars in the summer of 2014. 3/ wired.trib.al/MK49MZV

📸 NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU
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1/ Years ago a friend of mine, Matthew Trueman, roughed out a story about Spirit and Opportunity trying to find each other before their batteries run out. He gave me his permission to post it. It's extraordinary #Opportunity #ThanksOppy
2/ Birth. Takeoff. Journey. #Opportunity #ThanksOppy
3/ Arrival. Landing. Separation. #Opportunity #ThanksOppy
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The lead medic loaded the last of the scouts onto a stretcher and sat down wearily as his team carried them to the transport and readied it for departure. “Close one. If we’d gotten here much later, we might have lost someone.”
He brushed some red dust off his boot and stared into the Martian hills. “But they’re all going to be okay, and this plateau will make a great home for people who want to have kids, since the city really can’t support a much larger population.”
“We set out as soon as we saw the first scout collapse. Thank goodness you were here watching over them.” He wiped off a camera lens, scanning the ancient machine for signs of wear. “Got a team heading south in a month. Hope you’re up for going with them.”
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