NASA's Opportunity navigator had a long and complete stay on Mars, but unfortunately these days are already behind us. The rover was officially declared dead after last year's storm caused dust and cold batteries to prevent it from waking up again.
Over the past few days, there was a sincere respect for the robot and the scientific community. grieves for the loss of Opportunity (or "Oppy", as a favorite nickname) in different ways. One such honor has recently attracted much attention in the social media and for all the wrong reasons.
The author and journalist Charles Finch published a picture of what looks like a true NASA tattoo along with the phrase "My Battery". This is not his tattoo, but anyone who received it may have some regrets.
The phrase actually comes from twittering, which has since been incorrectly passed on to NASA. In fact, the line was written by a Twitter user to summarize the latest information sent by Opportunity to Earth. This is an emotional quote, but the rover apparently did not talk to his drivers as much as just sending back the readings of the power level and the amount of sun triggering their solar panels.
Only this may be enough to ask a question the wisdom of such a tattoo, but it becomes much worse.
You see, the rover depicted in detailed ink drawing is actually not an Opportunity at all. You will notice the lack of solar panels as dead giving that this is actually the image of NASA's much younger Curiosity Rover, who is still alive and good on Mars today.
A quote that suggests the bad The possibility of overcoming the burrow as the storm of dust has swallowed Mars, eventually leading to the death of the ruver, is not about curiosity at all. The last rover has batteries, but the built-in nuclear power source eliminates the need for solar panels at all, and the rover does not need the sun to function.
This is a pitiful circumstance for the unnamed person who received the tattoo, but this is a nice reminder of double checking things before stamping.