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Opportunity: Dust storm activity appears to pick up south of rover

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, January 17, 2019: Dust storm activity appears to have picked up again, with a regional storm tracking south about 124 miles (200 kilometers) to the west of Opportunity. The storm is expected to increase … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5308, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

[Ed. note: Opportunity captured this Martian dust devil as it twisted through the landscape below her vista point high on Knudsen Ridge on March 31, 2016.] January 6, 2019: Opportunity Still Silent, Team Still Hopeful: The Mars Exploration Rovers team and … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Over 6 months without word

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, December 21, 2018: Mars atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site remains at a storm-free range around 1.0. No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018). Opportunity likely experienced … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Team performs more frequent communication attempts throughout each day

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, December 12, 2018: Mars atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site remains at a storm-free range around 1.0. No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018). Opportunity likely experienced … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5280, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

December 2, 2018: Team Continues Search for Opportunity’s Signal as Windy Season Begins: While InSight closed in on the Red Planet and NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) focused on getting that lander down on the surface safely in … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Over five months without word

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, November 27, 2018: Mars atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site remains at a storm-free level of 0.8. Since loss of signal on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), 359 recovery commands have been radiated … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Atmospheric opacity over rover drops to storm-free levels

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, November 8, 2018: The global dust storm on Mars has ended and atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site has dropped to a storm-free level of 0.8. Since loss of signal on Sol 5111 … Continue reading

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Sounds of a martian sunrise

Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music. Researchers created the piece of music by scanning a picture from left … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Five months since we received a signal

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, October 30, 2018: The global dust storm on Mars has ended and atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site hovers around a typical seasonal value between 1.0 and 1.2. No signal from Opportunity has … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5251, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

November 5, 2018: NASA Green-Lights Team to Continue Opportunity Recovery Plan into 2019: October came and went without a beep from Opportunity, silence that was still no surprise for some, but a little discouraging for other members of the Mars … Continue reading

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