Today I learned that the Curiosity sang itself ‘Happy Birthday’ on its year anniversary of being on Mars.
Hundreds of thousands of miles from anyone or anything.
Guys I am depressed over robots now.
if this made you sad just go read about yutu - jade rabbit lunar rover from china
it has suffered a mechanical control abnormality late january and had problems entering the hibernation state that keeps the core systems warm enough that they don’t ‘freeze to death’ during lunar night (14 days when the moon is not illuminated by the sun)
those are some of the last messages it sent to earth before the start of lunar night:
”Although I should’ve gone to bed this morning, my masters discovered something abnormal with my mechanical control system. My masters are staying up all night working for a solution. I heard their eyes are looking more like my red rabbit eyes. Nevertheless, I’m aware that I might not survive this lunar night.”
”Chang’e [the lander that deposited yutu on the moon] doesn’t know about my problems yet. If I can’t be fixed, everyone please comfort her. Before departure, I studied the history of mankind’s lunar probes. About half of the past 130 explorations ended in success; the rest ended in failure. This is space exploration; the danger comes with its beauty. I am but a tiny dot in the vast picture of mankind’s adventure in space.”
”The sun has fallen, and the temperature is dropping so quickly… to tell you all a secret, I don’t feel that sad. I was just in my own adventure story – and like every hero, I encountered a small problem.”
“Goodnight, Earth, Goodnight, humanity.”
I’VE READ 5 ARTICLES ABOUT THIS NOW AND NOT ONE OF THEM EXPLAINED WHY A ROVER ON THE MOON WAS GIVEN ADVANCED SPEECH SIMULATION SOFTWARE LIKE THAT.