Tag Archives: Opportunity

Evolution of the landscape at Endeavour Crater

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Madison Hughes and five co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] Degradation of Endeavour crater based on orbital and rover‐based observations in combination with landscape evolution modeling • Landscape evolution modeling indicates … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Goodbye Opportunity

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 2, 2019. This false-color VIS image shows part of Meridiani Planum. While this image does not show where the Opportunity MER rover explored, Meridiani Planum was Opportunity’s home since it arrived in January 2004. … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: Why are we cracking up?

Sols 2352-53, March 19, 2019, update by MSL scientist Dawn Sumner: Today was a fun, busy day to plan. Curiosity finally made the drive to a rock called “Muir of Ord,” which has a cracked surface. The science team is … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Last panorama and images

Over 29 days last spring, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final resting spot in Perseverance Valley. Located on the inner slope of the western rim of Endurance … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Colorful Mawrth Vallis

Mawrth Vallis is a place on Mars that has fascinated scientists because of the clays and other hydrated minerals detected from orbit. In this image, the enhanced black colors are most likely basaltic sands and rocks, while the green, yellow, … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Hazcam tour of Meridiani Planum, Sols 1-5104

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Six things to know about Opportunity

After 15 years, the mission of NASA’s Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on Mars have earned it a spot in the robot hall of fame. Here’s what you need to know about our intrepid Martian … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5353, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

February 14, 2019: NASA Declares Opportunity and MER Mission ‘Complete’ It happened last night. At around 8 pm February 12, 2019, Pacific Standard Time (PST), as the strains of Billie Holiday singing “I’ll Be Seeing You” filled the Space Flight … Continue reading

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Opportunity’s mission comes to an end

[Ed. note: videos of NASA’s briefing and a commemoration of Opportunity’s mission are here and here.]  One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring … Continue reading

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NASA briefing on Opportunity rover

NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity in a media briefing at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The briefing will air live … Continue reading

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