Good Night Oppy
A documentary that is one of the must-see movies of 2022.
Released at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado in September, Oppy left the audience in tears. It is a documentary that tells the story of two rovers launched by NASA for Mars in 2003.
Called Spirit and Opportunity (or Oppy), they were expected to live 90 Martian solar days, but Oppy lasted over 14 years until transmitting its last message on June 10, 2018.
In the process Oppy was able to roam a section of Mars that confirmed in a deep crater that water existed on Mars centuries ago. It communicated back and forth with scientists and their associates in Florida where a relationship developed that made Oppy seem almost human.
The first half of the film deals with the work of NASA experts who designed Spirit and Oppy. They were a great bunch of men and women that you will admire.
These were scientists and engineers. You watch them do things that many dreamed of doing as kids and you see them look at Oppy as their daughter on Mars.
Spirit lasted several years before expiring but Oppy’s survival became legendary. In the process the film functioned as if NASA brought the great film Wall-E (2008) to life.
Director Ryan White delivers a passionate moment as Oppy sent his last message, “My battery is low and it’s getting dark”. It left me in tears as I cried about a robot.
Good Night, Oppy!