Curiosity rover sends a message for Leonard Nimoy

I’m part of the engineering operations team for the Mars Curiosity rover. When we heard about Leonard Nimoy’s death, I happened to be on shift for operations and so I decided to have Curiosity execute a command that would echo a message for him:

ECHO “SOL-0914M10:26:01.537”,”\’RIP Leonard Nimoy.\’.”

This is just an abbreviated version of the record that Curiosity logged when the command executed. I’ve stripped out the junk.

It took us a few days to turn this around once we had heard, so it’s a little late to the game... :/

In any case, Curiosity misses him too.


We have a planet inhabited by robots.