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Mars Exploration Rovers

Post by Christopher K. » October 19th, 2014, 3:07 pm

The Mars Exploration Rovers, Opportunity and Spirit, may get a chance to study the pass by Mars of Comet Siding Spring. If they do, the results may be posted at...
http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/newsroom/press ... index.html

Opportunity and Spirit went into "overtime" (past their scheduled life of research) in April 2004:
http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/newsroom/facts ... 041020.pdf

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Re: Mars Exploration Rovers

Post by Christopher K. » November 4th, 2014, 6:51 pm

25 January was the tenth anniversary of Opportunity's landing; in that decade it travelled almost forty kilometers. That day's APOD was a self-portrait taken by Opportunity earlier in January.

25 January 2014 APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140125.html

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Re: Mars Exploration Rovers

Post by Christopher K. » November 5th, 2014, 5:09 pm

In two images taken twelve Sols apart, a rock appeared where it had not been before. Probably spat or knocked there by one of Opportunity's wheels, it certainly looked different from the surrounding rocks.

29 January 2014 APOD:
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140129.html

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Re: Mars Exploration Rovers

Post by Christopher K. » January 2nd, 2016, 5:46 pm

Tomorrow is the twelfth anniversary of the landing of the rover Spirit. As shown in the fifty-second video "Spirit's Last Moves Before Winter", the intrepid machine sank into dirt from which it could not escape.

Spirit's Traverse Map Archive:
http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/mission/tm-spirit-all.html

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Re: Mars Exploration Rovers

Post by Christopher K. » August 1st, 2018, 11:32 am

Opportunity is in sleep mode at this time; the massive global dust storm hindering views of the Red Planet is also keeping Opportunity from acquiring enough sunlight for its panels.

The 3 July "Mars Report":
https://jpl.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1537

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