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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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Opportunity: More than 835 recovery commands have been sent

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, February 7, 2019: Mars atmospheric opacity (tau) over the rover site is estimated to be somewhere in the range of 0.9 to 1.3. No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5341, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

February 2, 2019: Opportunity Logs 15th Year in Silence, Team Begins ‘Hail Mary’ Efforts: As a string of dust storms moved through Meridiani Planum and over Endeavour Crater in January, Opportunity silently wrapped her fifteenth year on the surface of … Continue reading

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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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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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MARCI weather report, December 17-23, 2018

A slight uptick in dust-lifting activity was observed last week on Mars. Dust storms over Acidalia Planitia pushed southward along the storm-track towards eastern Valles Marineris. Meanwhile, the plains of Amazonis, Arcadia, and Utopia encountered repeated local-scale dust storms. Looking … 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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