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NASA appears to be convening its leadership to deliver a eulogy for its Mars rover, Opportunity.
The space agency has scheduled a briefing Wednesday, when it will announce the results of final attempts to contact the solar-powered robot that's roamed the Red Planet since 2004.
NASA lost contact with Opportunity during a planet-wide dust storm last June and hope has slowly faded since that the bot will phone home. Because the rover is solar-powered, it would be unable to charge its batteries and operate if its solar panels have been covered by a significant amount of dust.