Mars rover, Opportunity, has been sending data to Earth for 15 years but fell silent eight months ago

The veteran Mars rover, Opportunity, appears to have bitten the dust. The golf-buggy sized robotic vehicle last made contact with Earth eight months ago, but fell silent after being caught in a global dust storm.

The rover landed on the red planet in January 2004 shortly after its twin – a rover called Spirit. However the latter got stuck in soil in 2009, and was declared dead in 2011.

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