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Old 13th February 2019, 04:50 AM   #1
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Communication lost with Mars Rover Opportunity

https://medium.com/s/space-time/its-...r-421540f742f1

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The Opportunity Rover’s mission was planned to last only 90 days. But the rover survived long past its expected expiration. Fourteen years later, it was still sending NASA data from the red planet.

But in June 2018, the most severe Martian dust storm in recorded history covered Opportunity in darkness and prevented sunlight from reaching the solar-powered rover. As a result, Opportunity could no longer communicate with Earth. June 10, 2018, was the last day we heard from the rover. Its last photos were of the sun completely blacked out.

It’s expected that NASA will soon announce the end of the mission.
This twitter thread gives more details. The saddest bit is this:

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The last message they received was basically, “My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”
Reading about it reminded me of this sad comic:



And that someone gave it a happier, although still somewhat melancholy, ending:



Goodbye Opportunity.

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Old 13th February 2019, 04:53 AM   #2
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Old 13th February 2019, 06:34 AM   #3
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It went out slowly singing "Daisy, Daisy...".
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Old 13th February 2019, 02:05 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
https://medium.com/s/space-time/its-...r-421540f742f1

This twitter thread gives more details. The saddest bit is this:

Reading about it reminded me of this sad comic:

https://i.imgur.com/6VkZwiF.png

And that someone gave it a happier, although still somewhat melancholy, ending:

https://i.imgur.com/p8N4wVd.jpg

Goodbye Opportunity.

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I know the original but never saw the followup. Lovely. Strange that we can get sentimental about a machine
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Old 13th February 2019, 02:27 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
...And that someone gave it a happier, although still somewhat melancholy, ending:

https://i.imgur.com/p8N4wVd.jpg

Goodbye Opportunity.

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Did they cryogenically freeze Buzz Aldrin (in his moon suit) for a day 14683 of 90 photo-Op or is that just a cardboard cut out of Buzz?
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Old 13th February 2019, 02:28 PM   #6
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Old 13th February 2019, 02:37 PM   #7
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The last message they received was basically, ďMy battery is low and itís getting dark.Ē
"I asked for an electric fan (powered by the Pu-238 space modulator) to blow the dust off my solar array but the 'suits' said 'noooo!' It's always the ******* 'suits'!!"
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Old 14th February 2019, 12:55 AM   #8
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Officially declared dead

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Old 14th February 2019, 01:31 AM   #10
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another one abducted by aliens.
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Old 14th February 2019, 01:57 AM   #11
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So when the next storm comes along and blows all the dust off the solar panels, and the thing comes back to life........what then? Wouldn't someone in NASA be tempted to send a signal every few months just in case?
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Old 14th February 2019, 02:32 AM   #12
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And Randall has written the obituary.

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Old 15th February 2019, 01:58 PM   #13
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Old 15th February 2019, 02:23 PM   #14
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It's a machine.
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Old 15th February 2019, 03:18 PM   #15
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It's a machine.
It's a machine, and, in a way, it's us.

Humans are tool-users, abstract thinkers, and imagineers. Very often, we engage with reality and manipulate it by proxy. In a sense, when Opportunity landed on Mars, so did humanity.
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Old 15th February 2019, 03:26 PM   #16
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So when the next storm comes along and blows all the dust off the solar panels, and the thing comes back to life........what then? Wouldn't someone in NASA be tempted to send a signal every few months just in case?
That's what they did. The dust storm was several months ago.

Unfortunately, the equipment isn't built to cold-soak. It was designed with powered heaters. If the power was lost to the point that the heaters failed, it is expected that equipment (including the batteries) would be permanently damaged. If this has happened (and it's very likely), then clearing the panels is insufficient to return it to service.
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Old 15th February 2019, 04:54 PM   #17
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[CTmode] Yes the elites at NASA killed the functional probe just before it was going to show proof of an alien civilization on Mars - the swine[/CTmode]
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Old 15th February 2019, 07:10 PM   #18
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Government spent money on something which provided jobs but no income. Obviously Communism. Based on what I've heard on a couple other recent threads.
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Old 15th February 2019, 09:42 PM   #19
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I know it's not Wall-E or or an AI or a sentient being, but this last message even if it is an interpretation (see OP) still made me sad:

"my battery is low and it's getting dark"
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Old 15th February 2019, 11:03 PM   #20
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I know it's not Wall-E or or an AI or a sentient being, but this last message even if it is an interpretation (see OP) still made me sad:

"my battery is low and it's getting dark"
"Better give me two, it's dark where I'm going." R. Heinlein
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Old 15th February 2019, 11:36 PM   #21
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"Better give me two, it's dark where I'm going." R. Heinlein
Just doesn't have the same emotion.
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I must admit that those tweets from space hardware are one of my pet peeves.

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It's a machine.
So are we.
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Human beings have a long and celebrated history of anthropomorphism.

This little (relatively littl, if you don't know how big it is, it's probably bigger than you think) robot is at least as deserving of it as anything else we paint as human that's not.
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Thread taking a decidedly poetic turn.

Can't remember where I saw it, but there was a comic showing the Grim Reaper coming for Oppy. Oppy asks if he was a good robot, and Grim responds 'no. I am told you were the best'
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I prefer his earlier take.
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