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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

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 ...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

The articles try to do some sleight-of-hand poorly. It goes on at great length about the accepted Milankovitch cycles (mostly taken straight from the NASA article, the same agency which is supposed to ...
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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

No. The original source of this claim is a satirical news site. This claim is from an article in World News Daily Report, which carries the following disclaimer in the footer: World News Daily ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

It seems that he fluffed his line. He meant to say "a man", but inadvertently missed out the "a". It is also possible that the "a" was masked by static. What did Neil ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

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. ...
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Did Neil Armstrong write such a letter to a skeptic?

The Twitter thread gives an explicit source for this letter, 'A Reluctant Icon: Letters to Neil Armstrong'. by James R. Hansen. This book exists, from Purdue University Press, ISBN 9781557539694 The ...
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Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man” or “one small step for a man”?

More grist for the mill: Despite his initial adamance that he got the grammar right by including the indefinite article, Armstrong acknowledged at a 30-year anniversary event in 1999 that he ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

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 ...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

No, there is no proof that the Milankovitch Cycle fully explains the current global warming tendencies. The article you linked to includes a sensationalist headline which the article itself makes no ...
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Did NASA director Charles Bolden claim that an alien invasion will happen soon?

The current answer correctly addresses the truthiness of the claim; but neglects to mention that the satirical article in question from WNDR was actually NOT made up from scratch, but instead cued ...
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Did Neil Armstrong write such a letter to a skeptic?

@hdhondt's comment on the question made me aware that I totally missed the image is embedded in a thread and it's about the book "A Reluctant Icon: Letters to Neil Armstrong" . It seems the ...
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Did NASA refuse to pay a $400 fine for littering caused by the deorbiting of Skylab?

Yes, NASA refused to pay a littering fine in 1979, BUT it seems that the Shire of Esperance (the municipality in question) never really expected NASA to pay. First of all, NASA did know about the ...
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Does the sound of the Sun oscillate around 528 Hz?

No, it seems that the 528hz claim is either completely made up, or at best based off of recordings artificially adjusted to be heard by humans. The Sun simply doesn't oscillate that quickly or that ...
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Was Opportunity's last message to Earth "My battery is low and it's getting dark"?

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. ...
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Is Kim Jong UN a space alien according to new NASA evidence?

How reliable is that information? Not reliable at all. The Sunday Sport wikipedia entry says as much: ...It prints plainly ludicrous stories, such as "London Bus Found Frozen In Antarctic Ice", ...
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Are these bugs baffling entomologists with their appearance and behaviour?

As people have commented, NASA isn't particularly associated with entomologists, so that seems to be a bit of a red herring and unnecessary appeal to authority. So what if NASA is confused by these ...
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Did NASA use CGI for the Apollo mission trainers?

Is this paragraph truthful? Yes, but not in the way you think. No CGI was done, merely digital control of still imagery. The claim: The visual images for the Apollo trainers [...] moved to an ...
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Is Mary Ann Schinfield a real person?

This is completely bogus. Although absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, her name has no results on the NASA website (only Mary Ann Esfandiari does; unrelated). Taking another look at the ...
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Did Apollo Moon landing program cost less than lipstick used by American women during same 11 years?

According to U.S. Industrial Outlook , referring to 1967 and 1968: Also ringing up good growth were lipstick and eye make-up, with sales rising to $243 million and $102 million respectively, from $...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

No. The problem is the unfortunate use of the weasel-worded term "climate change" when people really mean global warming, and almost always ANTHROPOGENIC global warming. Milankovich cycles do a ...
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Did Jim Lovell accidentally swear at Mission Control?

It looks like the basics of the exchange mentioned in the book and movie actually did happen, however it was Fred Haise, not Lovell, who said vulgarity in question, and it's not clear whether or not ...
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Does NASA have a high ROI?

An econometric-based analysis of the ROI on NASA is presented here: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19760017002.pdf The 14 dollar estimate is the cumulative effect on GNP as a ...
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Did NASA use CGI for the Apollo mission trainers?

There is detailed information in the March 1973 NASA report APOLLO EXPERIENCE REPORT - SIMULATION OF MANNED SPACE FLIGHT FOR CREW TRAINING: Both the TV/model and electronic image techniques have ...
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Did Apollo Moon landing program cost less than lipstick used by American women during same 11 years?

ok, the appolo program cost about $110 billion in 2010 dollars http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1579/1 Apollo ran from 1961 to 1972 to call it 11 years so about 10 billion 2010 dollars per ...
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Do Milankovitch Cycles fully explain climate change?

The relative contributions of natural and anthropogenic forcings are nicely illustrated in Figure 10.1 of the IPCC's AR5 report here. It's in Chapter 10: "Detection and Attribution of Climate ...
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Did America change size in NASA photos over the last 50 years?

The 2012 photo makes Mexico and the US look big because the photo is from the Suomi NPP satellite which is only 518 miles above the surface of the Earth. So it is only 518 miles from Mexico, but ...
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Did Neil Armstrong write such a letter to a skeptic?

What made me suspicious is the phrase "Or you could get on the net and find …". There's no date, the letter could be from a time when the Internet did exist but the whole "feeling" ...
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Are there 263 Sri Lankans working for NASA?

This is almost certainly not true. Let's start with basic information, the self-identities ethnicity of NASA employees. Fortunately this was measured for us as part of a diversity survey. Here are ...
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