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Mission for Mars Rover Opportunity officially ends after being uncontactable since June 10 last year

Normally, this is a "Press F to pay respects" situation, but it's more like..

 

See You, Space Cowboy.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

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source:

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-share-results-of-effort-to-recover-mars-opportunity-rover/

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasas-record-setting-opportunity-rover-mission-on-mars-comes-to-end

(previous update) https://mars.nasa.gov/news/8364/update-on-opportunity-rover-recovery-efforts/

 

via: (thanks @TVwazhere)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2019/02/13/mars-rover-opportunity-nasa-announce-whether-pull-plug/2860881002/

https://www.space.com/mars-rover-opportunity-declared-dead.html 

 

imgsource: https://xkcd.com/2111/

 

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NASA:

The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity Tuesday, to no avail. The solar-powered rover's final communication was received June 10.

 

(...)

Designed to last just 90 Martian days and travel 1,100 yards (1,000 meters), Opportunity vastly surpassed all expectations in its endurance, scientific value and longevity. In addition to exceeding its life expectancy by 60 times, the rover traveled more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) by the time it reached its most appropriate final resting spot on Mars – Perseverance Valley.

 

Achievements include:

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  • Set a one-day Mars driving record March 20, 2005, when it traveled 721 feet (220 meters).
  • Returned more than 217,000 images, including 15 360-degree color panoramas.
  • Exposed the surfaces of 52 rocks to reveal fresh mineral surfaces for analysis and cleared 72 additional targets with a brush to prepare them for inspection with spectrometers and a microscopic imager. 
  • Found hematite, a mineral that forms in water, at its landing site.
  • Discovered strong indications at Endeavour Crater of the action of ancient water similar to the drinkable water of a pond or lake on Earth.

 

 

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Space.com:

The thick, sunlight-blocking dust prevented the rover from recharging its batteries, and Opportunity went into a sort of hibernation. And it slept without being able to fire up its onboard heaters — a dangerous proposition on frigid Mars, where temperatures can drop enough to break soldering joints and other important pieces of internal hardware.

 

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The dust storm started to die down in late July, and by mid-September it had abated so much that NASA began a concerted effort to rouse Opportunity. This "active listening" campaign involved sending commands to the silent rover and listening for any peeps it may have made on its own.

 

It was important to continue this campaign for several months, NASA officials and rover team members said, because the windy season in Opportunity's locale began in November. The hope was that strong breezes would clean some of the dust off the rover's solar panels, allowing Opportunity to recharge its batteries and wake up at long last.

This has not happened, however, and it apparently never will. So, for the first time in 15 years, we'll just have to get used to a world — or two worlds, rather — without Opportunity.

 

USAtoday:

Callas said the loss of power caused the vehicle's clock to get scrambled and the heater to stay on, draining the batteries. Flight controllers tried for months to re-establish contact, to no avail.

On Tuesday, NASA made one last attempt after more than 1,000 failed recovery commands over the months. It didn't succeed.

 

Spirit and Opportunity is survived by the nuclear-powered car-sized rover Curiosity, which landed in 2012

 

kinda weird we have feelings over one of our extremely few connections to Mars, when intermittent connections right here go angrily straight to downforeveryone, lol ._.

hopefully we get to see the day where the first people on mars find the derelict rovers we've sent

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Dang, that's sad.

I hope, by pure chance that if another storm comes by, it'll dislodge enough sand for it to become usable again.


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A fallen soldier, rest in peace.

 

Actually it would be pretty cool for the first visitors to Mars to find the rover and memorialize it.


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3 minutes ago, Imbellis said:

Dang, that's sad.

I hope, by pure chance that if another storm comes by, it'll dislodge enough sand for it to become usable again.

same thing happened to Spirit, which was made worse by being unable to move ,_,

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1 hour ago, Dissitesuxba11s said:

Technically Spirit, but the Opportunity (lol) was presented, and I had to post it. The same commemoration can be thought for Opportunity.

How dare you make me feel feels like that


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I still reserve the hope it will miraculously come out of this unscathed for some reason.

1 hour ago, Taf the Ghost said:

Normally, this is a "Press F to pay respects" situation, but it's more like..

 

See You, Space Cowboy.

Unlike all the other "Press F to pay respects" moments this actually will mean something for most people.

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Aaaaa I'm sad...


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It's last message to us:

"My battery is low, and it's getting dark."

Damn, let's let Mars 2020 drive to it and see how it'll stand just... Standing around.


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1 hour ago, TheRandomness said:

It's last message to us:

"My battery is low, and it's getting dark."

Damn, let's let Mars 2020 drive to it and see how it'll stand just... Standing around.

Maybe the rover should come with a repair kit so it could get the rover running again.

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F

 

Gotta love engineering that lasts >50x its design lifespan though.


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Seeing Randal's comic strip tonight was one of the worst mood kills lately. The only thing worse will be any '7 years' comic off the regular pattern 😭

 

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I really hope they can get it back some day, either because it reactivates or simply because they pic it up and dedicate it its own monument on some Mars plaza...


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Well, now I'm nearly crying at work. Damn it.

Does anyone know how to make a petition to NASA to make the first human to ever set foot there land just next to Opportunity and fix it?

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