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Mars Rover Opportunity Crosses Botany Bay

NASA today provided an update not on Mars rover Curiosity, but its elder rover Opportunity. The rover is part of the Mars Exploration Rover Project, which sent two rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, to Mars in 2004. Opportunity is the only one of the rovers still functioning, after Spirit became stuck in 2009, and stopped responding to communications in 2010. Opportunity …

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Mars Rover Opportunity Found in Standby Mode After Solar Conjunction

The rovers on Mars this month were under a command moratorium as Mars passed behind the sun, an event known as solar conjunction. Now that the solar conjunction has ended, researchers have found something amiss with Mars rover Opportunity. Mission controllers this week found Opportunity in a standby mode. NASA has stated that it appears the rover “sensed something amiss” …

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Mars Rover Opportunity Celebrates 9 Years on Mars

Though the focus of 2012 was the new Curiosity rover, NASA’s Opportunity rover is still exploring the Martian landscape. The rover has now been examining the red planet for nine years. This week NASA revealed that Opportunity is currently examining veined rocks on the rim of an ancient crater named “Endeavor.” The rover is examining the area, called “Matijevic Hill,” …

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New Mars Rover Set to Launch in 2020

NASA this week announced that it has plans to send a new robotic science rover to Mars in 2020. The news comes just after the agency revealed the results of a full analysis of Martian soil by Mars rover Curiosity. “The Obama administration is committed to a robust Mars exploration program,” said Charles Bolden, NASA administrator. “With this next mission, …

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Mars Rover Opportunity Completes Walkabout of Matijevic Hill

NASA announced today that Mars rover Opportunity has completed a reconnaissance circuit around an area named “Matijevic Hill.” Opportunity began its study of the location at the beginning of October. The site is named after Jacob Matijevic, who led the engineering team for Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity and died back in September. “If you are a geologist studying a …

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Dust Storm on Mars Now Dissipating

NASA this week announced that a dust storm on Mars appears to be dissipating, instead of growing into a global storm. The dust storm has been tracked since November 10 using the Mars Color Imager camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. “During the past week, the regional storm weakened and contracted significantly,” said Bruce Cantor of Malin Space Science Systems, …

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Mars Rovers Detect Regional Dust Storm Effects

A recent regional Martian dust storm has grown large enough for both of the functioning NASA Mars rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity, to detect atmospheric changes on opposite sides of the red planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking the storm using its Mars Color Imager since mid-November. The storm came within 837 miles of Opportunity, slightly lowering the atmospheric …

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Mars Rover Opportunity to Thoroughly Examine Matijevic Hill

While Mars rover Curiosity might be getting all the attention these days, Mars rover Opportunity is still active during it’s ninth year on Mars. Starting this week, Opportunity will spend weeks or months investigating the unique geological feature of a site NASA has named “Matijevic Hill.” The Opportunity rover will be investigating the hill’s small spherical objects that are similar …

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Mars Rover Gives Us an Amazingly Detailed View of an Alien World

Newsflash: I’m never going to Mars. As much as it pains me to say it, I’ll probably never set foot on the planet. Instead, I have to live vicariously through motion pictures, computer games — “Zak McCracken and the Alien Mindbenders” will always be my Mars-related PC game of choice — and high-definition panoramic images such as the one you …

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Astounding Mars Image Finds Wall-E?

NASA has had the rover “Opportunity” on the surface of Mars for a long time now. Every now and then it takes these fantastic streaming photos of the mars lanscape. Warning, do not stare into the photo, you will get sucked in and lost! This photo that the ‘Opportunity‘ took is facing eastward across the Endeavour Crater that spans 14 …

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