Sad day. Mars rover has lost power and will no longer function. Built to last 90 days it has lasted us 14 years. Every journey they took with it was methodically practiced and planned out, even more so as it was slightly injured for sometime, and getting stuck in terrain was not an option.
Cool to see Barak Obama give recognition to it.
Why is Mars so important? The sun will kill the earth as it expands and gets hotter but not if humans don't kill the earth or each other first. Mars will be on the edge of the inhabitable zone, has some what of a gravity, and atmosphere.
The good news is we have a new rover on the way.