Fifteen years ago this week, the NASA Bullfighting event touched behind Mars. Now, employees admit that the crack could be constantly outside of a pollution storm that hit it outside of communication with Earth in the summer of 2018.
"This could be the end," said the main investigator Steven Squyres New York Times Friday. "Under the assumption that this is the end, it's fine. I mean that."
When Opportunity landed in 2004, it only expected to last for 90 days. Instead, it started with extraordinary 5.111 – almost a decade and a half of research on another world.
The spunky rover added to apply to the understanding of Red Planet scientists, was immortalized by XKCD, and took an iconic icon. His "immense scientific legacy" helped NASA plan the next Curiosity rover mission.