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Opportunity: Rover team beaming new commands

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have begun transmitting a new set of commands to the Opportunity rover in an attempt to compel the 15-year-old Martian explorer to contact Earth. The new commands, which will be beamed … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Over 600 recovery commands have been sent

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, January 25, 2019: Mars atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site is uncertain due to recent storm activity. No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018) during the historic … Continue reading

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Opportunity: 15 years on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover begins its 16th year on the surface of Mars today. The rover landed in a region of the Red Planet called Meridiani Planum on Jan. 24, 2004, sending its first signal back to Earth from the surface … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Ma’adim Vallis

THEMIS Image of the Day, January 23, 2019. This VIS image shows a small section of Ma’adim Vallis. Ma’adim Vallis is located in Terra Cimmeria and empties into Gusev Crater, the home of the MER Spirit rover. See more THEMIS … Continue reading

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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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