The remarkable life and bittersweet end of NASA's Opportunity rover

Mars.
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After a remarkable 15 years on Mars, the story of NASA's Opportunity rover is coming to a bittersweet end.

First launched in 2003 along with its twin Spirit, Opportunity landed on Mars' surface in Jan. 2004, with a mission that was intended to last 90 days. See Opportunity's initial launch below:

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