NASA officially lost the Opportunity Rover. The device has explored Mars for over 15 years.

Scientists have tried to establish contact with the failed as a result of the strongest dust storm on Mars rover

Opportunity since mid-June, but attempts to no avail.

At the time of the start of the storm, the rover was inPerseverance Valley. At the same time, Opportunity was already experiencing one dust storm, but a much smaller size. This year, its size exceeded the area of ​​Russia and all of North America combined, and dust clouds reached a height of 60 km.

For over a decade, Opportunity has beena leader in the exploration of the planets, telling us about the ancient past of Mars as a wet, potentially habitable planet and showing unexplored Martian landscapes.

Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Administrator Assistant for Science

Previously, "Hightech" wrote about the dust storm on Mars andthat she could seriously damage the Opportunity. In 2012, NASA lost the Spirit rover on the planet - the rover was completely covered with sand, and then the air temperature dropped below 40 ° C.