"The Enrichment Center reminds you that the Weighted Companion Cube cannot speak. In the event that the Weighted Companion Cube does speak, the Enrichment Center urges you to disregard its advice." -- GLaDOS, Portal
On February 12th, 2019, NASA reported its Opportunity rover mission to Mars was no longer functioning. After its fifteen years of service, a considerable extension past the original 90-day mission it was designed for, it was trapped in a Martian dust storm in June of 2018 and entered a special hibernation mode, hoping to recover when natural winds blew the dust off its solar panels. That salvation didn't come, and after NASA mission control's repeated attempts to raise a signal from the power-drained rover, NASA declared Opportunity dead. So far, so typical. Opportunity was only the fifth of six robotic expeditions made to Mars, each time increasing in functionality as technology progresses. The 1971 Soviet "Mars 3" rover stopped communicating only 20 seconds after…
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