Even if you aren't particularly interested in space or science news you've probably heard about the plight of NASA's Opportunity rover. The plucky robot, which has far outlived its initial mission and has been conducting "bonus" science work for over a decade since, was swallowed up by a massive dust storm on Mars, cutting off sunlight and causing it to lose power due to lack of solar energy for its batteries.
That was in early June, and even though the skies above the rover have become bright again there's been no sign that the rover has woken back up. Now, with hope and patience both dwindling, NASA has officially started the countdown to declaring the rover officially dead.
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