Tag Archives: Mars Exploration Rover

MAVEN observations on dust storms

The Opportunity rover has proven hardier than expected by operating for nearly 15 years, despite being designed for a 90-day mission. The rover regularly deals with intense dust storms at the surface of the Red Planet and occasionally has to … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Update on dust storm

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT on June 10, 2018 NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning – a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm. Data from the transmission let engineers … Continue reading

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Opportunity hunkers down during dust storm

Science operations for NASA’s Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it waits out a growing dust storm on Mars. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter first detected the storm on Friday, June 1. As soon as the orbiter team saw how … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Giving La Joya the brush-off

Sol 5104, June 3, 2018. Opportunity’s current close-up target for the Microscopic Imager is a brushed-off part of the La Joya outcrop (above). At right, the front Hazcam shows the general scene to the south of the rover. Click either … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5102, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

June 2, 2018: Opportunity Makes Tracks on Magical Mystery Tour of Different Rocks: Opportunity continued exploring the south trough of Perseverance in May, still looking for evidence that explains just how this one-of-a-kind valley meandering through Endeavour Crater’s rim formed, … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Heavy traffic zone

Sols 5096-5100 (!), May 27-30, 2018. A 12-frame Pancam composite (false color by Holger Isenberg) shows the heavily trafficked ground to the northeast of the rover’s current position. As mission scientists wished to examine one outcrop or rock after another … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam looks downslope

Sol 5094, May 24, 2018. Opportunity’s Pancam looked downslope and made a set of multi-filtered images (false-color by Holger Isenberg) for a composite view of the lower Perseverance Valley channel. Note the streaks in the soil in the two images … Continue reading

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Opportunity: La Joya, take 2

Sol 5093, May 23, 2018. After taking one close-up on the La Joya target rock, the Microscopic Imager shifted position for another close-up of the rock (above), which partly overlaps with the first. (Click the image to enlarge it.) A … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Looking at La Joya

Sol 5091, May 21, 2018. Mission scientists commanded the rover to use its Microscopic Imager to shoot a 2×3 composite image of part of the rock dubbed La Joya. In the plans is an additional survey of a different part … Continue reading

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Opportunity: La Joya and disturbed soil

Sol 5087, May 16, 2018. Opportunity is parked at La Salinera, an exposed outcrop on the edge of Persevereance Valley. Scientists are using the Pancam to take multi-colored images of targets nearby, producing false-color composite images that reveal differences in … Continue reading

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