An artist’s rendering of NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars.

There’s a new documentary about the Opportunity rover’s life on Mars. “Good Night Oppy” is available for streaming November 23.
The film highlights how mission scientists created a wake-up playlist for the rover’s morning routine.
For more than 15 years, NASA’s Opportunity rover was a robot geologist on the Martian surface.

To bid farewell to NASA’s plucky Opportunity rover in 2018, mission staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided to play Billie Holiday’s “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

A new documentary, “Good Night Oppy,” available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video on November 23, tells the story of Opportunity — known affectionately as Oppy — which explored Mars for 15 years in search of signs of ancient water.

For more than a decade, engineers played a song for the rover each time it “woke up” and began its work analyzing rocks and soil on the red planet.

“When I think of Opportunity, I will recall that place on Mars where our intrepid rover far exceeded everyone’s expectations,” John Callas, manager of the Mars Exploration Rover project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a 2019 press release upon losing communication with the rover. “But what I suppose I’ll cherish most is the impact Opportunity had on us here on Earth,” he added.

Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent the rover its last commands on February 12, 2019.

Selecting a daily wake-up song for Opportunity’s morning routine was a tradition that dated back to when the rover first landed in 2004.

From ABBA to George Michael, wake up with the stirring playlist NASA engineers made for the Opportunity Mars rover.

‘So Happy Together’ by The Turtles

Opportunity landed on the red planet three weeks after its twin rover, Spirit, landed there. Both rovers exceeded their expected lifetimes of 90 days exploring and gathering data on the planet’s surface, according to NASA. Mission engineers played The Turtles’ “So Happy Together” once Opportunity joined Spirit on Mars.

Opportunity’s view across Endeavour Crater on Mars, on March 9, 2012.

‘Born to Run’ by Bruce Springsteen

Mission engineers played Bruce Springteen’s “Born to Run” the day the Opportunity rover rolled down its lander for the first time. “We knew it was going to be a good day,” Matt Wallace, mission manager of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said at a news briefing that day. “The rover …read more

Source:: Business Insider


For 15 years, NASA engineers played the Opportunity rover a daily ‘wake-up’ song. Listen to the best songs from the Mars morning routine playlist.

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