On Wednesday, Feb. 13, NASA officially put an end to the 15-year-long Opportunity mission on Mars. Despite their best efforts, engineers were unable to revive the rover which was incapacitated by a huge dust storm covering the planet last year.
Opportunity made invaluable scientific contributions and inspired a whole generation. In the aftermath of the announcement, scores of scientists, fans, space enthusiasts, and artists took to social media to express their grief and solemn goodbyes. Its last message was “My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”
The Mars rover was declared dead today after no communication since June 2018, This was it's last message. A 90 day mission that lasted 15 years. You did well, we're all very proud of you. ?#RIPOppy #Opportunity pic.twitter.com/z8yIjS1rFM
— Jess⚡ (@HuntyDraws) February 14, 2019
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) February 13, 2019
— Liz Climo (@elclimo) February 14, 2019
— s k i r t ❁ (@Skirtsan) February 14, 2019
Godspeed, #Opportunity, you were a great friend to Humanity ??
Its last transmission was a bunch of data that equates to "my battery is low and it's getting dark." ? pic.twitter.com/EliAms1uor
— HammurabiOfBabylon (@HammurabiBabylo) February 14, 2019
— Mayoking Comics (@Mayoking) February 13, 2019
— Lauren Cramer (@LoCramer) February 13, 2019
— Jenna (@starshipTARDIS) February 13, 2019
— Tutu with O and I (@Aetherling) February 14, 2019
— Little Literature Co. (@littlelitco) February 14, 2019
— Crisp (formerly Tenreads) (@crispnewsapp) February 14, 2019
— Ceryes searcher for food (@ceryesgames) February 13, 2019
It’s not goodbye forever. Just for a little while. She and Spirit will be waiting for us when we reach Mars. Thank you, Oppy ❤️#OppyOut #thankyouOppy #oppyart #opportunity #opportunityrover #goforlaunchcomics #sciart #abbygarrettart #NASA @MarsRovers @NASA @NASAJPL @tanyaofmars pic.twitter.com/2ef8fwQijW
— Abby Garrett (@abbygarrettX) February 13, 2019
Enjoyed this article? Join 40,000+ subscribers to the ZME Science newsletter. Subscribe now!