|Essentially, the last message Opportunity sent before going dark in June 2018. (credit: REDDIT)|
On 14 Feb, NASA officially declared the Opportunity mission at an end.
|XKCD made a joke about Oppy's long life.|
Oh, the science has been marvelous!
I did a major research paper in my Planetary Science class on water and Mars, and some of my data came from the Opportunity mission. So yeah, I'm crying. We spent some time at school together.
Back in June, Mars experienced a planet-wide dust storm, as it does from time to time. Oppy had weathered them before, but no guarantee that it would weather them again. Each time a dust storm came, we'd cross our fingers and hope-HOPE-hope that Oppy would survive.
NASA had been trying to contact Oppy for eight months, with no luck. So when the Martian weather cleared and, unlike other times when Oppy was able to keep calm and carry on, there was no reply.
NASA finally accepted that we would never again hear from Opportunity. Winter has come where Oppy lies, and some components weren't designed to last the bitter cold without its heater.
It's okay to cry.
Lots of grief has been expressed online. You're not alone.
Here, go learn more about NASA's Spirit and Opportunity missions.
Some day humans may make it to Mars. (We're awesome like that.) If/when we do, I hope we get the chance, no the 'opportunity' to go lei some flowers on Oppy's camera stem.
|Abby Garrett expressed it well.|
What impact did Opportunity have on us Earth-side humans? I think XKCD put it best:
Her Grace is going to go cry some more.