NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover

National News

February 13, 2019 - 10:19 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

The rover has been silent for eight months, victim of one of the most intense dust storms in decades. Thick dust darkened the sky last summer and, for months, blocked sunlight from the spacecraft’s solar panels.

NASA said Tuesday it will issue a final series of recovery commands, on top of more than 1,000 already sent. If there’s no response by today — which NASA suspects will be the case — Opportunity will be declared dead, 15 years after arriving at the red planet.

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