Saying goodbye to Opportunity, the Mars rover

The Opportunity rover catches its shadow on July 26, 2004, as it continued moving farther into “Endurance Crater.” Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL

NASA has said goodbye to the beloved Opportunity rover. On this Valentine’s day, we pay tribute to it since it was pretty much the perfect partner: reliable, committed, communicative. The rover taught us about the space around us. It first landed on Mars in 2004 and was supposed to stay for three months, but lasted 15 years.



  • Abby Fraeman - deputy project scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory