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Opportunity: Efforts to communicate continue

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, October 10, 2018: The dust storm on Mars has effectively ended with atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site down to around 1.0 to 1.1, values are typical for storm-free conditions this time of … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5222, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

October 4, 2018: Team Initiates Plan to Recover Oppy, Orbiter Sends Postcard, Storm Ends: As the global storm that wrapped the Red Planet in a cloud of dust since late June finally gave up the ghost in September, the sky … Continue reading

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Opportunity: No signal since June

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, October 5, 2018:No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018). It is expected that Opportunity has experienced a low-power fault, a mission clock fault and an up-loss timer fault. … Continue reading

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Tiny motor on Curiosity detected onset of global dust storm at Gale Crater

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provided the earliest insights on May 30 when it observed an accumulation of dust in the atmosphere near Perseverance Valley, where NASA’s Opportunity rover is exploring. The increasingly hazy storm, the biggest since 2007, forced … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Still mum, but at least it’s visible

NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least the agency can see it again. A new image produced by HiRISE shows a small object on the slopes of Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending … Continue reading

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Opportunity: No signal for nearly 100 days

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, September 18, 2018: The Opportunity team is increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the rover via the dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Attempting contact multiple times a day

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, September 12, 2018: The Opportunity team is increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the rover via the dishes of NASA’s Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per … Continue reading

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Opportunity: A new listening plan

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, September 4, 2018: No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), though NASA has approved a strategy for listening for the rover through January of 2019. It is expected … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5193, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

September 9, 2018: NASA Focuses on Recovering Opportunity as Storm Diminishes and Dust Settles: The dust raising power of the storms that wrapped Mars in a cloud in June and July diminished in August, sending all that powdery stuff back … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Martian skies clearing over rover

[Editor's note: The above images were taken on July 7, 2017.] A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate. With clearing skies over Opportunity’s resting spot … Continue reading

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