Opportunity’s mission was planned to last just 90 days, but it worked for 5,000 Martian “sols” (which are about 39 minutes longer than an Earth day) and traversed more than 28 treacherous miles

Opportunity launched into space aboard a Delta II rocket on July 7, 2003, on Jan. 25, 2004, Opportunity prepared to touch down in Mars’ Meridiani Planum, a low-lying cratered expanse in Mars’ southern hemisphere.

During 14 years of intrepid exploration across Mars it advanced human knowledge by confirming that water once flowed on the red planet

The robot has been missing since the US space agency lost contact during a dust storm in June last year and was declared officially dead Wednesday, ending one of the most fruitful missions in the history of space exploration.