NASA’s longest-running rover on Mars, Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet.

The six-wheeled vehicle was built to operate just three months. But it kept going and going until it was finally doomed by a ferocious dust storm eight months ago.

Flight controllers made numerous attempts to contact it and sent one final series of recovery commands Tuesday night, accompanied by one last wake-up song, Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You.” There was no response, only silence.

Remarkably spry until communication ceased last June, Opportunity roamed a record 28 miles (45 kilometers) around Mars.

Opportunity and its long-dead twin rover, Spirit, found evidence that ancient Mars had water flowing on its surface and might have been capable of sustaining microbial life.

FILE - This photo released Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 made by one of the rear hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA's Opportunity rover, shows Opportunity's landing platform, with freshly made tracks leading away from it. (NASA/JPL via AP)
FILE – This photo released Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004 made by one of the rear hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA’s Opportunity rover, shows Opportunity’s landing platform, with freshly made tracks leading away from it. (NASA/JPL via AP)
FILE - This composite of March 2015 photos made available by NASA shows a shallow crater called Spirit of St. (34 meters) long and about 80 feet (24 meters) wide, with a floor slightly darker than surrounding terrain. The rocky feature toward the far end of the crater is about 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) tall, rising higher than the crater's rim. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Arizona State University via AP)
FILE – This composite of March 2015 photos made available by NASA shows a shallow crater called Spirit of St. (34 meters) long and about 80 feet (24 meters) wide, with a floor slightly darker than surrounding terrain. The rocky feature toward the far end of the crater is about 7 to 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) tall, rising higher than the crater’s rim. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Arizona State University via AP)
This Jan. 5, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows the tool turret at the end of the the Opportunity rover's robotic arm on the southern side of
This Jan. 5, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows the tool turret at the end of the the Opportunity rover’s robotic arm on the southern side of “Marathon Valley,” which goes through the western rim of Endeavour Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This March 22, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows the shadow and wheel tracks of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity just after a drive on a slope above Endeavour Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This March 22, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows the shadow and wheel tracks of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity just after a drive on a slope above Endeavour Crater. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This October 2017 photo made available by NASA shows an enhanced-color view of ground sloping downward to the right in
This October 2017 photo made available by NASA shows an enhanced-color view of ground sloping downward to the right in “Perseverance Valley,” seen by the Opportunity rover on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University/Arizona State University via AP)
This image sent by NASA's Opportunity rover on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 shows a view from atop a hill on Mars. (NASA via AP)
This image sent by NASA’s Opportunity rover on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 shows a view from atop a hill on Mars. (NASA via AP)
This composite of May 2017 photos made available by NASA shows
This composite of May 2017 photos made available by NASA shows “Perseverance Valley” which just on the other side of the dip in the crater rim as seen by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, in preparation for driving down into the valley. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This March 31, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows a dust devil in a valley on Mars, seen by the Opportunity rover perched on a ridge. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)
This March 31, 2016 photo made available by NASA shows a dust devil in a valley on Mars, seen by the Opportunity rover perched on a ridge. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

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