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From a NASA blog post made the day after contact was lost: The dust storm that is affecting Opportunity has greatly intensified. The atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover has increased to a record 10.8 on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018). Power levels on the rover have dropped to a record low of ~22 watt hours. As expected, Opportunity has tripped a low-...


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Opportunity does not literally speak English, so no such message was expressed in those terms. However, Opportunity did communicate the information that it had a low battery and it was dark outside. The rover's flight software outputs a variety of data formats (summarized in this paper) ranging from "event reports" to telemetry to binary data produced by ...


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Other answers give good technical answers to what the last message would actually have looked like, but I thought it worth tackling the angle of where the quote came from. Wikipedia cites an article on LAist a Los Angeles local news / blogging site, written by Jacob Margolis. In it he describes how he coined the phrase: "My battery is low and it's ...


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This Metro article cites a tweet by Keri Bean, an engineer who worked on the opportunity mission who had Oppy’s final measurement tattooed on her arm. This tattoo means more to me than just Oppy. Of course, the biggest significance is this is Oppy’s final measurement. I studied tau (atmospheric optical depth) as a student researcher. Don’t worry, I ...


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Did you ever see a video of a proto-boeing-787 flying before the testbed version of a boeing-787 flew? No, you didn't. Why not? Here's a craft that is designed to fly in earths atmosphere, and they never even tested it before building it! The answer is that computers and wind tunnels are fantastically good at reproducing the behaviour and environment of ...


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Huffington Post shared some explanations about how the photo was captured. The Rover had used ANOTHER arm to capture the selfies. NASA then collated the selfies to produce the image. Here is the actual selfie taken with the camera from Curiosity's other arm.


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There is a more direct way to answer this question. The mars rover Curiosity is presently on Mars analyzing the planet. Apropos to this question they do a direct comparison of the martian atmosphere and a sample of martian meteorite found on earth. The story is here.. Weighing Molecules on Mars The plot on the left shows new results from the Sample ...


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Since this claim has been around for a couple of years now, there are several people who have provided competing theories for what this image shows. This one includes the original image straight from the ESA rather than the one that was post-processed, colourised, rotated, recompressed and wrapped around a sphere in Google Earth. This photo shows quite ...


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In my experience most testing isn't particularly exciting and worth recording and sharing with the public. Nevertheless, the NASA shared a lot of videos and photos showing the more visually interesting aspects of the Curiosity rover being tested: First test driver of the Rover inside Test driving the Rover on Earth outside Four part series on testing the ...


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Do you realize Curiosity has been on Mars and sending data ever since then? Do you think that if they were hiding it in Canada, there would be no kink in this story for nearly 8 years? Are you saying all those photos movies from Mars (which NASA says were sent by Curiosity) are fake/CG? (Including the one with the flapping parachute on landing?) And if all ...


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