On February 13, 2019, NASA announced that the work-job mission called Opportunity ended after the device had spent 15 years on Mars:
One of the most successful and longest exploits of the NASA Opportunity rover interplanetary mission ends after nearly 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping to lay the foundation for returning NASA to the Red Planet.
Opportunity router stopped communicating with the Earth when a severe storm in Mars After more than a thousand commands for contact renewal, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers made their last attempt to revive Opportunity, but to no avail. The last connection with a solar-powered rover was received on June 10.
Since the online world mourned the loss of a famous Martian researcher, many social media users began to exchange quotations that allegedly made the final transfer of Oppy to NASA: "My battery is low. This quotation quickly made its way online by sharing celebrities, reporters and social media. . Some people also created a tribute Opportunity, which contains the alleged ultimate rover transmission:
Despite the fact that many people and news releases quoted these words as if they were a stenographic reproduction of the final transmission of Opportunity, this phrase was not a literal reproduction of the last statement of robot robot
The quote originated from Twitter The death of Oppy, published by the reporter of the KPKC by Jacob Margolis. One day, Margolis said that the final rover transmission " basically " is translated as "my battery is low and it becomes dark":
However, this quotation quickly avoided the context of the Twitter stream of Margolis, and began to circulate as if he had transmitted a transcript of the rover. On February 16, 2019, Margolis published an article on the website on the website LAist which explains how his words came out of context:
My tweet is an interpretation of what two scientists from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission said.
Abigail Freeman, deputy scientist, talked about how it was when they realized that the dust storm in June would be particularly bad, and that Oppi's life was in danger.
"It's hard because you know that [the storm’s] comes … but you can not do anything to stop it," Freiman said.
"By Thursday we knew that it was bad, but then, by the time we knew it was really bad, but we could not do anything but watch it. And then there was Sunday, we actually received a message from the rover and we were shocked, "she said." He basically said that we did not leave power, and that was the last time we heard from her. "
John Callas, project manager, offered another detailed information on last conversation with Oppi: "He also told us the sky was incredibly dark, to a point where sunlight does not penetrate. night time during the day.
"We were hoping that the rover could pass." The fact that the rover would be devastated and then, when the storm disappears, the rover will charge back, "he said." It did not happen, at least it did not say We know what happened. So we do not know.
When NASA announced the completion of the Opportunity mission in February 2019, the march-rover did not communicate with the space agency since last June. The opportunity of solar power was low in power when one of the largest dust storms observed on Mars covered the planet and, in fact, turned into a "day to night", as the planetary company wrote:
June 20 NASA announced a storm went global. To be more precise, he turned into a planetary-polluting dust event (PEDE), raising enough dust into the atmosphere to completely cover the planet and block the Sun. In other words, the Red Planet and most of its features were hidden from most orbital instruments under an opaque, beige cloud of dust. Scientists who measured instruments with orbits were soon blocked.
Oppy sent a final message from the surface of Mars on June 10, 2018:
Opportunity was reported to be the final message from Mars on June 10, 2018. that a storm dust monster raised dust around the Endeavor Crater and turned day into the night there. A few minutes later, a geologist working on solar panels, probably, turned off and went into some sleep mode to wait for the storm. 19659003]