The Endeavor Landing company has ended its operations on Mars after the company announced it would close its business with the rover landing business, the company said Thursday.
The company said it had made the decision to cease operations on Jan. 25.
Mars Science Laboratory landed on the Red Planet in 2011.
Endeavors Landing is a privately held company that owns Endeava, a rover used to perform robotic operations on the surface of Mars.
The Endevors Landed rover launched on Jan 1, 2020, and landed successfully on Mars’ Red Planet.
The rover is currently under the care of NASA.
Mars’ atmosphere, though, is not as thick as on Earth and the lander has to travel at an altitude of over 500 kilometers to reach the Martian surface.
Endevor Landing was established in 2013.
It has been developing a robotic lander to perform the return of samples to Earth.
The lander’s mission, the most complex of its kind, has already successfully returned samples from the surface, including a sample of carbon dioxide that was sent back to Earth for analysis by the European Space Agency.
The samples were recovered by Endeaver Landing in 2018.
The mission will be extended to 2025.
The first rover mission was completed in 2019 and ended in 2021.
Mars is one of the four planets in the solar system and is the second planet in the Solar System from the sun.
The planet is about 3.5 billion kilometers (2.3 billion miles) from Earth.