Opportunity Went To Mars and Never Came Back

On July 7, 2003, NASA launched its second Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, aboard a Delta II launch vehicle. Opportunity and its twin rover Spirit landed on Mars in 2004 to begin missions planned to last three months. Both rovers far exceeded those plans. Spirit worked for six years, and Opportunity last contacted NASA on June 10, 2018. That was almost 15 years! And on February 13, 2019, NASA officials declared that the Opportunity mission was complete after the spacecraft had failed to respond to over 1,000 sent signals since August 2018.

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Names Of The Mars Rovers

How A Rover Gets A Name

It’s 2020 and NASA is preparing to launch its’ fifth rover to Mars. At the time of this writing, the new rover remains nameless However, that will be changing very soon. If you want to learn more about how you can influence the name of the Rover. Check out the post I shared below. Names of The Prior Mars Rovers While we wait for NASA to finish preparing the rover for its long voyage I thought I might make a quick post to honor the previous Mars Rovers. The names…

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NASA POLL: Name The Mars 2020 Rover

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Mars 2020 Rover Name Contest Over 28,000 essays were written from students across the country for the chance to name the next Mars rover. The top nine finalists have been chosen and the public has a chance to get in on the fun! NASA is taking a public pole and the results of the poll will be a consideration in NASA’s final naming selection. You can learn more about the contest and vote here. For the next, four days anyone can vote for the name they like the best. Some…

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