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Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm

May 3, 2019

Dust is not just a household nuisance; it’s a planetary one, particularly on Mars. Before astronauts visit the…
This image is a cropped version of the last 360-degree panorama taken by the Opportunity rover's Panoramic Camera (Pancam) from May 13 through June 10, 2018. The view is presented in false color to make some differences between materials easier to see. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU
Opportunity’s Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama

March 13, 2019

Over 29 days last spring, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken…
Six Things to Know About NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover

February 14, 2019

After 15 years, the mission of NASA’s Opportunity rover has come to an end, but its successes on…
NASA’s Record-Setting Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

February 14, 2019

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an…
Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

January 26, 2019

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have begun transmitting a new set of commands to…
NASA’s Opportunity Rover Logs 15 Years on Mars

January 25, 2019

NASA’s Opportunity rover begins its 16th year on the surface of Mars today. The rover landed in a…
Update on Opportunity Rover Recovery Efforts

October 30, 2018

Updated at 4 p.m. PDT on Oct. 29, 2018 After a review of the progress of the listening…
Scientists to Debate Landing Site for Next Mars Rover

October 16, 2018

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later…
Update on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm

October 13, 2018

One month since increasing their commanding frequency, engineers have yet to hear from NASA’s Opportunity rover. NASA hasn’t…
Tiny Motor on Curiosity was one of the First Instruments to Notice the Global Martian Dust Storm

October 3, 2018

A tiny electric motor on the Curiosity rover played a role in identifying a global Martian dust storm.…
Opportunity Spotted as the Dust Storm Clears. Still No Word From Her Though

September 27, 2018

A new image produced by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has…
Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

September 26, 2018

NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again. A new…
Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover

August 31, 2018

A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity…
Six Things About Opportunity’s Recovery Efforts

August 17, 2018

NASA’s Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power…
As the Martian Dust Storm Subsides, There’s Still No Word From Opportunity

August 11, 2018

Martian dust storms are a pretty common occurrence, and generally happen whenever the southern hemisphere is experiencing summer.…
Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

July 27, 2018

It’s the beginning of the end for the planet-encircling dust storm on Mars. But it could still be…
The Martian Dust Storm Has Covered the Entire Planet

June 26, 2018

Martian dust storms, which occur during the summer season in the planet’s southern hemisphere, can get pretty intense.…
NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science

June 14, 2018

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and…
Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

June 10, 2018

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Science operations for NASA’s Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it…
Long-Lived Mars Rover Opportunity Keeps Finding Surprises

February 16, 2018

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity keeps providing surprises about the Red Planet, most recently with observations of possible…
NASA’s Opportunity Rover Withstands Another Harsh Winter on Mars

December 14, 2017

When the Opportunity rover landed on Mars on January 25th, 2004, its mission was only meant to last…
Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 ‘Eyes’

November 1, 2017

When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped…
Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim

June 24, 2017

NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they…
NASA Radio on Europe’s New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test

November 30, 2016

Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first…
NASA’s Opportunity Rover to Explore Mars Gully

October 9, 2016

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover will drive down a gully carved long ago by a fluid that might have…
Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley

June 15, 2016

“Marathon Valley,” slicing through a large crater’s rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA’s Opportunity…
Opportunity’s Devilish View from on High

April 5, 2016

From its perch high on a ridge, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian…
Rover Takes on Steepest Slope Ever Tried on Mars

April 1, 2016

NASA’s long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is driving to an alternative hillside target after a climb on the steepest…
Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge

February 26, 2016

NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is working adeptly in some of the most challenging terrain of the vehicle’s…
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