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Curiosity update: A dusty day on Mars

Sols 2088-89, June 20, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Over the past week or so, Curiosity has experienced increasingly dusty conditions in Gale crater. Unlike her older cousin Opportunity on the other side of the planet, Curiosity is … Continue reading

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

June 15, 2018: Opportunity Pummelled by Massive Dust Storm, Hunkers Down to Sleep: Entrenched in the west rim of Endeavour Crater, veteran robot field geologist Opportunity is hunkered down in Perseverance Valley in a kind of hibernation mode. The rover … Continue reading

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Opportunity field report, June 14, 2018

Sol 5114, June 14, 2018: Rover Field Report by Larry Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Opportunity was continuing to gather data from outcrops in Perseverance Valley up until the end of May … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Dust storm going global, rover likely in deep-sleep for weeks until skies clear

[Ed. note: Video replay of the briefing here, and a new NASA web page, Mars Storm Watch, here.] NASA scientists reported today that dust in the skies over Opportunity is thicker than ever seen before from the surface, and the … Continue reading

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Opportunity dust storm update, June 12

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Updated at 6:30 p.m. PDT on June 12, 2018 NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover. The team is now operating … Continue reading

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NASA briefing on dust storm, Opportunity rover, June 13

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 13, to discuss a massive Martian dust storm affecting operations of the agency’s Opportunity rover and what scientists can learn from the various missions studying … Continue reading

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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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