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It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Our Beloved Mars Rover

The Opportunity Rover’s mission on Mars is coming to a close

Shannon Stirone
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4 min readFeb 12, 2019
Opportunity's photo of her own shadow extending into Endeavour crater on Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL/Cornell

WWhen the Opportunity Rover — formally known as Mars Exploration Rover B — arrived on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, it impacted the planet in a suit of giant airbags. The rover landed, bounced up 10 feet, slammed back down, and jumped another…