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5,000 days on Mars

The Sun will rise on NASA’s solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that continues to provide revelations about the Red Planet. “Five thousand sols after the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: ‘Rock stripes’ and other surprises

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity keeps providing surprises about the Red Planet, most recently with observations of possible “rock stripes.” The ground texture seen in recent images from the rover resembles a smudged version of very distinctive stone stripes on … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Driving south-southwest

Sol 4997, February 13, 2018. After studying the rock Nueva Vizcaya, Opportunity drove 15 meters (about 50 feet) to the south-southwest, as mission planners head for the next area of interest in Perseverance Valley. Above is the Navcam view downslope … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Closeup on Nueva Vizcaya

Sol 4994, February 10, 2018. The Microscopic Imager moved in on a target dubbed Nueva Vizcaya, and “papered” the outcrop with a set of images. This rock surface appears to be etched and eroded by wind-blown sand particles. At right … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Etched terrain in Meridiani Planum

Etched terrain in Meridiani Planum. Meridiani Planum is a plain located 2 degrees south of Mars’ equator, and the region itself is home to the rover Opportunity. (Altitude: 271 km.) Beautiful Mars series.

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Opportunity: Checking out the North Wall

Sol 4993, February 9, 2018. With a short drive, Opportunity is parked next to the outcrop dubbed the North Wall. This is one of the features that delineate the Perseverance Valley channel. Above is a three-frame Navcam composite, at right … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Parking next to Jornada del Muerto

Sol 4991, February 7, 2018. Opportunity has moved to park close to the rock named Jornada del Muerto (at lower left in the Navcam composite above). At right are the front and rear Hazcam views. Click any image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Perseverance Valley outcrops

Sol 4990, February 5, 2018. Opportunity’s mission controllers backed the rover up a short distance after examining the rock named Jornada del Muerto (arrow). The low rise beyond the arrow has been dubbed the North Wall, and the broad outcrop … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Exploring the slope

Sol 4988, February 4, 2018. Three Navcam frames look southwards, as Opportunity explores the outcrops that define the course of Perseverance Valley as it descends the inner slope of Endeavour Crater’s rim. Click image to enlarge it. Opportunity raw images, … Continue reading

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Opportunity celebrates 14 years of working on Mars

Opportunity Status Report: Opportunity is continuing her exploration of “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has moved along the north fork of the local flow channel. Continuing the extensive collection of stereo imagery, the rover … Continue reading

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