A Pinch of These, A Dash of That
July 29, 2020
OUR BELOVED FRIEND: OPPORTUNITY (OPPY)
// GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Launch Date: July 07, 2003
Landing Date: January 25, 2004
Mission End Date: June 10, 2018
Oppy had a mission, exploring Mars for 90 days. This brave rover kept operating for 15 years, and made many discoveries about the Red Planet, including evidence of possible suitable conditions for microbial life. After all these accomplishments, last message received from dust-covered Oppy was:
"My battery is low and it's getting dark."
July 30, 2020
WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?
The next day the little prince came back.
"It would have been better to come back at the same hour," said the fox.
"If, for example, you come at four o'clock in the afternoon, then at three o'clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o'clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you . . . One must observe the proper rites . . ."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry