It was on silence from June 10, 2018 following a global dust storm. Flight controllers made numerous attempts to contact it and sent one final series of recovery commands on Tuesday night, accompanied by one last wake-up song, Billie Holiday’s I’ll Be Seeing You. NASA said it tried to reconnect more than 1,000 times . During activity, Opportunity roamed a record 45 kilometers around Mars. The vehicle was only built to drive 1km on the surface of the Red Planet, but ended up lasting longer on Mars than any other robot.
Opportunity found evidence that ancient Mars had water flowing on its surface and might have been capable of sustaining microbial life. Independently, the Curiosity rover has been exploring the Gale Crater for more than six years until now.The next Mars rover mission is scheduled for 2020. Human exploration of Mars is an objective that NASA has said might be achieved as early as the mid-2030s. “It is because of trailblazing missions such as Opportunity that there will come a day when our brave astronauts walk on the surface of Mars,” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said. “Opportunity has given us a larger world,” scientists said.