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Dust Storm- Opportunity EOM, the end of the beginning of a new era in robotic spaceflight
dolphin
post Feb 17 2019, 06:20 AM
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RIP Oppy

I'll never forget:

  • the bulls-eye landing
  • the intact meteorite found nearby
  • The marathon distance traveled on its odometer
  • 'blueberries'
  • Endurance
  • Endeavor
  • Victoria
  • ...and water
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post Feb 17 2019, 06:56 AM
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One remark at the mission-completion press conference caught my attention. It was speculated that the stuck-on heater, combined with a mistimed clock, may have doomed the rover. That would explain a lot.

This made me think of how arthritis in elderly people is not directly life-threatening, but it can cause a fall that may prove fatal.

Ultimately, human or robot cannot beat Father Time, or the Great Ghoul of Mars. But the torch is passed....
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post Feb 17 2019, 12:59 PM
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I have been lurking here almost daily but a long time has gone since my last post.
This is a bittersweet situation, I'm sad to see the end of this mission but on the other hand happy while remembering the whole jouney of these rovers as followed by all of us, UMSF members. And above all I am deeply grateful to NASA and the MER project members for having made us participants of this mission, "armchair rover drivers" I would say, in particular with their decision to promptly release images to the public. That "wow!" feeling after realizing that we were the first humans looking at new scenes taken on another world just a few hours before is something I will never forget.
Thanks for this incredible adventure!
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post Feb 17 2019, 09:01 PM
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I remember the day I discovered UMSF, I was back then a teenager looking for fresh informations and pictures about Spirit and Oppy. I was so excited to discover this high level forum gathering passionate people, sharing panoramas and giving so precise informations to follow the adventures of these rovers. During a long time I have been reading at posts, then I timidly shared my first image processing work and identification of horizon features. Then I shifted my interests from MER to Curiosity. But I still kept an eye on the amazing little rover Oppy.
Thanks Doug for having created UMSF and thanks MER project members for having made possible to live these martian adventures!


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post Feb 19 2019, 10:07 AM
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I too am a longtime lurker (longer than my Join date). I have a passion for planetary science (went to school for it, once worked at NASA) but lack the deep experience and knowledge the regulars here have. So...I keep my mouth shut. :-)

I really enjoy these forums.
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