Tag Archives: Perseverance Valley

Opportunity: Dust storm going global, rover likely in deep-sleep for weeks until skies clear

[Ed. note: Video replay of the briefing here, and a new NASA web page, Mars Storm Watch, here.] NASA scientists reported today that dust in the skies over Opportunity is thicker than ever seen before from the surface, and the … Continue reading

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Opportunity dust storm update, June 12

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Updated at 6:30 p.m. PDT on June 12, 2018 NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover. The team is now operating … Continue reading

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NASA briefing on dust storm, Opportunity rover, June 13

NASA will host a media teleconference at 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, June 13, to discuss a massive Martian dust storm affecting operations of the agency’s Opportunity rover and what scientists can learn from the various missions studying … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Update on dust storm

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report, updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT on June 10, 2018 NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning – a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm. Data from the transmission let engineers … Continue reading

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Opportunity hunkers down during dust storm

Science operations for NASA’s Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it waits out a growing dust storm on Mars. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter first detected the storm on Friday, June 1. As soon as the orbiter team saw how … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Giving La Joya the brush-off

Sol 5104, June 3, 2018. Opportunity’s current close-up target for the Microscopic Imager is a brushed-off part of the La Joya outcrop (above). At right, the front Hazcam shows the general scene to the south of the rover. Click either … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 5102, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

June 2, 2018: Opportunity Makes Tracks on Magical Mystery Tour of Different Rocks: Opportunity continued exploring the south trough of Perseverance in May, still looking for evidence that explains just how this one-of-a-kind valley meandering through Endeavour Crater’s rim formed, … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Heavy traffic zone

Sols 5096-5100 (!), May 27-30, 2018. A 12-frame Pancam composite (false color by Holger Isenberg) shows the heavily trafficked ground to the northeast of the rover’s current position. As mission scientists wished to examine one outcrop or rock after another … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam looks downslope

Sol 5094, May 24, 2018. Opportunity’s Pancam looked downslope and made a set of multi-filtered images (false-color by Holger Isenberg) for a composite view of the lower Perseverance Valley channel. Note the streaks in the soil in the two images … Continue reading

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Opportunity: La Joya, take 2

Sol 5093, May 23, 2018. After taking one close-up on the La Joya target rock, the Microscopic Imager shifted position for another close-up of the rock (above), which partly overlaps with the first. (Click the image to enlarge it.) A … Continue reading

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