NASA's opportunity rover had a long, eventful stay on Mars, but unfortunately these times are now behind us. The rover was officially declared dead after a dust storm last year made the batteries dry and cold so he could not wake up.
In recent days, the robot has been mourned several heartfelt tributes and the scientific community mourning the loss of Opportunity (or "Oppy", as it's affectionately nicknamed) in various ways. Such a tribute has recently received much attention in social media and for all the wrong reasons.
Author and journalist Charles Finch published a photo of a seemingly real tattoo of a NASA rover, along with the phrase "My battery is low and it's getting dark. "It's not his tattoo, but whoever it has probably regrets.
The phrase originally came from a tweet that has since been mismatched with NASA. In fact, the line was written by a Twitter user to summarize the latest information Opportunity has sent back to Earth. It's an emotional quote, but the rover did not seem to be talking so much to his drivers when he simply returned readings on his power level and solar radiation to the solar panels.
That alone might be enough to ask a question The wisdom of such a tattoo, but it gets a lot worse.
You see, the Rover shown in the detailed ink drawing is no chance at all. You will note the absence of solar panels as a dead hint that this is actually a picture of NASA's much younger Curiosity rover, which is still alive on Mars today.
The quote that pointed to the plight of the US Opportunity Rover was when the dust storm swallowed up Mars, which eventually led to the death of the rover and does not really refer to Curiosity. The latter rover has batteries, but the on-board nuclear power supply eliminates the need for solar panels, and the rover does not need the sun to function.
This is an unfortunate circumstance for the unnamed person who received the tattoo It is a nice reminder to check things again before they are colored.