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Dust has enveloped the Red Planet, courtesy of the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) wide-angle camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Six Things About Opportunity’s Recovery Efforts

Six Things About Opportunity’s Recovery Efforts NASA’s Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover. Now that scientists think the global dust storm is “decaying” — meaning more dust is falling out of the atmosphere than is…

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Image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a fierce dust storm is kicking up on Mars, with rovers on the surface indicated as icons. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science

NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA’s Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from…

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This global map of Mars shows a growing dust storm as of June 6, 2018. The map was produced by the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The blue dot indicates the approximate location of Opportunity. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Opportunity Hunkers Down During 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 know the rover still…

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The channel descending a Martian slope in this perspective view is "Perseverance Valley," the study area of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity as the rover passes its 5,000th Martian day. The view overlays a HiRISE image onto a topographic model with five-fold vertical exaggeration, to show shapes. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/WUSTL

5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn

5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn 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…

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The bright landing platform left behind by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in 2004 is visible inside Eagle Crater, where "Opportunity Lander" is indicated in this annotated, April 8, 2017, image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

New Look at 2004’s Martian Hole-in-One Site

New Look at 2004’s Martian Hole-in-One Site A new observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago. A series of bounces and tumbles after initial touchdown plunked…

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A grooved ridge called "Rocheport" on the rim of Mars' Endeavour Crater spans this scene from the Pancam on NASA's Mars rover Opportunity. The view extends from south-southeast on the left to north on the right. The site is near the southern end of an Endeavour rim segment called "Cape Tribulation." Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves ‘Tribulation’

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves ‘Tribulation’ NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing “Cape Tribulation,” a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination, “Perseverance Valley.” The rover team plans observations in the valley to determine what type of fluid activity carved it billions of…

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Dust Haze Hiding the Martian Surface in 2001 Two 2001 images from the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter show a dramatic change in the planet's appearance when haze raised by dust-storm activity in the south became globally distributed. The images were taken about a month apart. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars

Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable — which would be a boon for future astronauts there — if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those in the past. A published prediction, based on this pattern, points…

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