Blue Dot 136: Opportunity Rover Mission

Mar 8, 2019

We pay tribute to the Opportunity Rover mission, which was supposed to last for three months but wound up tooling around Meridiani Planum on Mars for nearly 15 years. A major dust storm finally knocked the plucky Mars Exploration Rover (nicknamed Oppy) out of commission when NASA lost contact with it on June 10, 2018.

After months of trying to recontact the rover, NASA decided to call and end of mission on February 13, 2019. We talk to MER Project Manager John Callas about the legacy of the mission and then visit with veteran science journalist Jacob Margolis whose tweet anthropomorphizing the end of mission went viral and became a hot meme.