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we said we're going to operate this vehicle in till the day where we can and that's exactly what we did and I'm really proud NASA scientists in California on Wednesdays said that the Mars opportunity rover has officially ended its fifteen year career of scientific exploration after NASA lost touch with opportunity last June Thomas or book in the associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate said last ditch commands went out to opportunity but they had not heard back it is therefore %HESITATION I thought I'm standing here with %HESITATION sends off deep appreciation and gratitude that declare the opportunity mission as complete NASA said opportunity drove the distance of a marathon on Mars and made the landmark discovery of blueberry like features NASA says were a definitive sign there was once water on the red planet officials it said opportunities equipment may have been compromised by a global dust storm that struck while rover was at a site called perseverance valley , but its legacy will be one of durability the Rovers mission lasting far longer than anyone had expected where we want to