Tag Archives: MER

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

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Gathering the rocks of Meridiani Planum

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Michael Bouchard and Bradley Joliff recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] A Systematic Method for Classifying and Grouping Late Noachian and Early Hesperian Rock Targets Analyzed by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity … Continue reading

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

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

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Opportunity: Update on recovery efforts

Updated at 4 p.m. PDT on Oct. 29, 2018: After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future. Winds could … Continue reading

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Opportunity: Still no signal from Opportunity

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, October 23, 2018: The dust storm on Mars has ended and atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site hovers around a typical seasonal value between 1.0 and 1.1. No signal from Opportunity has been … Continue reading

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Opportunity: Actively listening for Opportunity

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, October 18, 2018: The dust storm on Mars has ended with atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site down to around typical values of 1.0 to 1.1. No signal from Opportunity has been heard … Continue reading

Posted in Reports | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off