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“My Batteries are low, and it’s getting dark” – those words struck a chord with people around the world, but of course the truth is the actual last transmissions from Opportunity and how it ended its mission on Mars are less poetic, but worthy of discussion. So let’s discuss the technology behind the rover, the workarounds and hacks that kept it running and the actions of the team in charge of the mission.
Thanks to Doug Ellison for the idea, and for correcting a couple of mistakes.
Much of the data in this video can be found indexed on this site.