One of the favorite topics of our news is about moon landing. So, on this day (on September 20, 1970) the Soviet Union's Luna 16 moon probe landed on the moon.
We have already written about that the Mars most successful rover ends to communicate with Earth, let’s see what the last message of Mars Opportunity rover. The last communication with the Opportunity rover was on June 10.
On Wednesday, February 13, the US space agency said Opportunity stood at the forefront of Mars and will be sorely missed. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said: “It is because of trailblazing missions such as Mars Opportunity rover that there will come a day when our brave astronauts walk on the surface of Mars.
“And when that day arrives, some portion of that first footprint will be owned by the men and women of Opportunity, and a little rover that defied the odds and did so much in the name of exploration.” As the Martian storm descended on the rover and the skies were choked of all sunlight, the last message of Mars opportunity rover was: “My battery is low and it’s getting dark.”
Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss tweeted: “A sad farewell to a wonderful explorer. Taught us a lot. “Built for 90 days but survived 15 years alone on Mars. No humans could do that. And cost not a lot more than making a movie about sending Matt Damon to Mars. Yay rovers!”
“When I think of Opportunity, I will recall that place on Mars where our intrepid rover far exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Callas said. “But what I suppose I’ll cherish most is the impact Opportunity had on us here on Earth. It’s the accomplished exploration and phenomenal discoveries. It’s the generation of young scientists and engineers who became space explorers with this mission. It’s the public that followed along with our every step. And it’s the technical legacy of the Mars Exploration Rovers, which is carried aboard Curiosity and the upcoming Mars 2020 mission. Farewell, Opportunity, and well done.”
Source: Text; NASA
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