"My battery is low and dark."
That's how I felt when I heard that NASA's mission was over after 15 years. This vain officer was officially dead and that he sent yet another disturbing communication to Earth before finding his last resting place in the Valley of Perseverance on the Mars surface
. I remember how my dad showed me 3D pictures of a rocky Martian surface. I was captured by the promise of NASA's largest mission, and we could potentially confirm that water, and perhaps even life, once existed there. This is one of my favorite scientific memories.
So, when I found out that NASA could eventually name a mission, I was sad. And, like any scientific reporter, I wrote about this tweeter.
As of February 1
I, obviously, was not alone in my grief.
Celebrities wrote about it.
Memes were made.
YouTube video was published.
And people even made a t-shirt from her.
And it all started with this TWEET
The message they received was mainly: "My battery is low and dark". They hoped that the wind season would clear the dust from the solar panels (if it was a problem). Since then, they have again and again pinged her, knowing that they knew … 3 /
– Jacob Margolis (@JacobMargolis) February 12, 2019
In the following days, the phrase was separated from the context of the stream and went beyond Twitter.
People began to talk about it, as if the exact exact words that were told by Rover really were. NY Daily News reported it as a fact.
JPL turned to me to inform me that they are overwhelmed with questions about the last epistle. And although it seemed that most people understood the context in tweet, many did not.
YES, DIRECT MEAN, "MY BOOKS ARE LOWER, BUT IT IS"
My tweet is an interpretation of what two scientists from the Mars Exploration Rover mission told me to say.
The deputy scientist Abigail Freiman talked about how it was when they realized that June's dust storm would be particularly bad and that Oppi's life was in danger.
"It's hard because you know that it comes … but you can not do anything to stop it," Freiman said.
"On Thursday, we knew that it was bad. And then on the weekend, we knew that it was really bad, but we could not do anything but were watching. And then it was Sunday, we really got the message from and we were shocked, "she said." It's basically said that we did not have power and it was the last time we heard from her. "
John Callas, project manager, offered another heavy detail about the final conversation with Oppi: "He also told us the sky was a night time during the day. "
" We were hoping that the rover could drive on it. That the rover will be there, and then, when the storm is cleansed, the rover will charge back, "he said. "It did not happen. At least it did not tell us what happened, so we do not know."
Although not as noticeable as the seven words on the T-shirt, Oppy's final message to the headquarters is still impressive.
This rover was built more than ninety years ago, traveled more than 283 million kilometers, and lasted longer than scientists expected. And even when the end was near, he kept his land and sent back the last valuable message before he disappeared into the Martian dust storm.
Inspires such a vivid example of perfection. cute, do not hurt.