Tech & Science Last week, NASA announced that its long-lived Opportunity Mars Rover had finally died after nearly 15 years exploring the surface of the Red Planet. In the subsequent flurry of news coverage, a handful of outlets reported that the rover’s last message to mission control was, “My battery is low and it’s getting dark,” citing a viral Tweet from science reporter Jacob Margolis. The words spread like wildfire across the internet, sparking numerous memes and YouTube videos. Some people made T-shirts with the slogan emblazoned across, while one man even got the phrase tattooed on his shoulder. However, Margolis hadn’t intended for his words to be taken literally and has now penned an article for the LAist attempting to clarify the situation. “In the days following, the phrase separated from the context of the thread and made its way beyond Twitter,” Margolis wrote. “People started talking about it as if they were actually the exact last words that the rover said. The NY Daily News reported it as fact.” “[NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory] contacted me to let me know that they were being inundated with questions about the final message. And while it seemed like most people understood the context within… Read full this story
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