If you’re a fan of Mars exploration, you’re probably in mourning right now. NASA’s Opportunity rover has effectively been declared dead after the agency’s last attempt to contact the storm-struck rover was met with silence. Officials plan to hold a press conference at 2PM Eastern to discuss the outcome, but it’s really a formality at this stage. The machine doesn’t stand a chance if it doesn’t have power — Martian winter is coming, and Opportunity needs working heaters to survive the chilly conditions.
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