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Today, we're saying #ThanksOppy as the Mars rover's mission comes to an end. Here are six things to know about our record-breaking, discovery-making, marathon-driving rover, which found that ancient Mars was awash in water... and a selection of the best images it sent back to Earth:

The engineering achievement is spectacular and inspirational.

One of the speakers in today's presentation referred to the 5000 charge-discharge cycles of the batteries and how that compares favourably with the batteries in modern smart phones. That really brought home to me what a durable little bugger Opportunity was! It was great, too, how when faced with a big problem, like getting stuck in a dune, perseverance and will to win got them through the problem.

I take my hat off to all the engineers that made this project such a wonderful and uplifting success!