RIP Opportunity

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  1. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

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    https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/13/nasa-mars-opportunity-rover-rip/

    Just found out that the Mars Rover Opportunity was declared dead this morning. A 90 day mission turned 15 year exploration of Mars ended today and I found myself tearing up. I love what the folks at NASA JPL do and their ingenuity, creativeness, and dedication to the Mars Rover project really does make this day a little sad.

    RIP to the little rover that could. :(
     
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  2. Admiral2

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    Opportunity, we salute you.
     
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  3. Santaman

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    The machine did well, and who knows, some glitch or so might bring it back to life.
     
  4. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

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    They haven’t had contact with it since June so I doubt it. Would be cool though if they were able to revive it but it had a great run.
     
  5. BillJ

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    That bums me out.
     
  6. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    These last 3 rovers that went way beyond their planned lifespans sure reversed NASA's fortunes.

    Here's hoping the next ones go as long.
     
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    Off to Silicon Heaven you go.
     
  9. Ar-Pharazon

    Ar-Pharazon Vice Admiral Premium Member

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    Has that got anything to do with being stuck opposite Brigitte Nielsen in a packed lift?
     
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  10. BK613

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    Thanks Opportunity. We expected 90 Martian days and you gave us 14 Earth years. RIP.
     
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  11. SCE2Aux

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    Had to happen at some point, but what a run it had. They really got their money's worth, and the MER teams can feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment.

    14.5 years on the harsh Martian surface... well done Oppy!!
     
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  12. Owain Taggart

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    It's hard to believe it's been 15 years, but wow, what a great run it had. I still clearly remember the day when it landed. It certainly went above and beyond.
     
  13. tavor

    tavor Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

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    curious if it comes back to life at later date will there be anyone at control center to hear/respond to it
     
  14. publiusr

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    I wondered if it was just going to keep going and... https://xkcd.com/1504/

    Nice tributes here:
    https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=42774.260

    Some felt more for Oppy than they do for Curiosity....

    I have a sin to confess.

    During the bad old Dan Goldin days--I had a mad-on towards Delta II. It seemed like a crutch. A lot of planetary scientists were hating on shuttle-derived heavy lift's budget (along with EELV hacks) and I called the Delta II a sounding rocket and called Spirit and Opp "bomb disposal robots."

    I really regret that now.
     
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