Mars Global Surveyor presumed lost

On 2 November – just five days shy of its 10th birthday – MGS notified Earth that it had trouble adjusting the position of one of its two solar panels. It has not been heard from since, except for a very weak signal on 5 November. The failure to position the solar panel properly may have left the spacecraft with too little power to transmit a signal to Earth (see NASA struggles to contact lost Mars probe).

- The above is curtesy of New Scientist.

Just depressing.

Part of me hopes against hope it collided with an alien craft, merging the two damaged bodies into one, and then made a bee-line for it's original home.

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