In 2007, ESA's flight controllers switched it back on to see if it could still be used, possibly for education or science outreach, without interfering with routine operations or the mission's prime science investigations.
It still worked well, and the camera's unique vantage point meant it could, for example, capture crescent images of Mars impossible from Earth.
Mother-of-one Rachel Peters, 40, who had been an assistant at the school for 17 years and had a daughter younger than the boy, was said to have committed a "gross breach of trust" by a judge at Doncaster Crown Court.
Once that was done, the camera was switched off, and the craft got on with its main mission using its 'real' scientific instruments.
Thanks to the outreach, education and social media experience, we've long suspected that it has intrinsic science value, and now this research group in Spain is keen on joining us in exploiting these images on a professional level.
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Its wide field of view provides global images of the Red Planet, a capability available on only one other Mars craft, India's orbiter.
The Mars Webcam has since become hugely popular among a keen and growing community of students, educators, artists and citizen-scientists in dozens of countries in Europe, the Americas, Australia, Africa and Asia," notes Spacecraft Operations Manager Michel Denis.
He was only 13, nearly 14 at the time." When arrested Peters maintained she had not had sex with the boy and was trying to help him because he was being bullied at school which the police found to be untrue.