Condolences pour in mourning the loss of NASA’s Mars rover
A robot tugged at our emotions with just eight little words.
“My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”
The poignant words were the last sent to Earth by NASA’s Opportunity, the Mars rover that spent the past 15 years exploring the planet before it stopped communicating about eight months ago. It was officially pronounced dead on Wednesday.
Condolences pouring out on social media for the robot seemed more appropriate for losing a close loved one with many who seemed genuinely upset by the news.
RIP Mars Opportunity Rover after 15 years of devoted service. An amazing testament to the human urge to explore, and the human ingenuity to create. #marsrover
— JamesKennard (@JamesKennard) February 13, 2019
R.I.P. #marsrover you did a good job. You were the best. The pioneer
— Joseph Arce (@Guardedfox) February 13, 2019
— Andrea G ™ (@Allegedly_G) February 13, 2019
— Jared Delaney (@blackcrowe1027) February 13, 2019
— Dave Fuller (@FullerForReal) February 13, 2019
— SoulWolf (@soulwolf87) February 13, 2019
Me: emotionally dead toward other humans
Also me: getting very emotional over knowing oppy’s mission has come to an end 😢
Was supposed to last 90 days, was still going strong 15 years later.
So long space cadet.
— Amy 🎄 (@Casbah_Rocker) February 13, 2019
— Zak Jane Keir (@decadentmadamez) February 13, 2019
Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.