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Here's What NASA's Opportunity Rover Saw Before 'Lights Out'

This annotated image is a cropped version of the last 360-degree panorama taken by the Opportunity rover's Pancam from May 13 through June 10, 2018. This annotated view is presented in false color to make some differences between materials easier to see. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASUA set of newly released photos shows what NASA's Mars rover Opportunity was looking at just before the killer dust storm hit.That storm boiled up in May 2018 and engulfed Opportunity shortly thereafter. The so...
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Opportunity’s last Mars panorama is a showstopper

The Opportunity Mars Rover may be officially offline for good, but its legacy of science and imagery is ongoing — and NASA just shared the last (nearly) complete panorama the robot sent back before it was blanketed in dust. After more than 5,000 days (or rather sols) on the Martian surface, Opportunity found itself in Endeavour Crater, specifically in Perseverance Valley on the western rim. For the last month of its active life, it systematically imaged its surroundings to create another of its ...
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This is the last gorgeous Mars panorama that Opportunity captured before it died

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is dead, having been swallowed up and spat out by a colossal dust storm on the planet last year. We've said our goodbyes to the trusty rover and dealt with the anguish of losing it, but NASA is back to remind us of the remarkable work that the trusty robot performed while on its mission.In a new post, NASA reveals what it says is the final "parting shot" that Opportunity captured before the dust storm killed it. It's a panorama of Mars' Perseverance ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Perseverance Valley, John Callas, Mars Perseverance Valley


Opportunity rover's last picture is as grim as it is dark

A mighty dust storm swirled around the Opportunity rover on June 10, 2018, forcing the robot to shut itself off and conserve power. The dust blocked out nearly all the sunlight, turning day to night.  Opportunity would never awake. On Wednesday, NASA announced that they would no longer attempt to revive the 15-year-old machine, formally ending the legendary extraterrestrial mission.  But on that dark June day, just before Opportunity went silent, the rover took one final picture: Opportunity&...
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NASA bids adieu to Mars rover that kept going and going and going

Engineers lost contact with the solar-powered vehicle, dubbed Opportunity, on June 10 of last year during an immense dust storm that encircled Mars. Since then, NASA officials made numerous attempts to reach the six-wheeled rover, which is about the size of a golf cart. Opportunity's equipment may have been compromised by the dust storm that struck while the rover was at a site called Perseverance Valley, officials said.
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The Opportunity rover is dead

The Opportunity rover is dead, at age 15.  After spending over 5,000 Martian days rumbling through the inhospitable red desert planet, NASA acknowledged on Wednesday that its sun-powered exploration rover hasn't responded to over 600 attempts at contact since June 2018, and is presumed dead.  "I’m standing here with a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude to declare the Opportunity mission as complete," Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate,...
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15 years ago, NASA’s rover landed on Mars, but JPL says it has lost contact

NASA’s rover Opportunity begins its 15th year on the surface of Mars on Thursday, but scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena say they currently can’t raise the craft. The rover landed in a region of the Red Planet called Meridiani Planum on Jan. 24, 2004, sending its first signal back to Earth from the surface in the first minutes of Jan. 25, recalled a JPL statement. 15 years ago #OTD, Opportunity landed on Mars: https://t.co/wkUohJdLYU pic.twitter.com/wYFtZ8vE2V — Spirit and ...
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As Mars’ huge dust storm clears, NASA’s Opportunity rover is seen but not heard

NASA’s Opportunity rover still hasn’t made contact after a weeks-long Martian dust storm forced it to go into hibernation, but at least the skies are now clear enough to spot the solar-powered robot from orbit. And mission managers say they’re a long way from giving up on Opportunity, which began its work on the surface of Mars almost 15 years ago. Oppy shows up as a blip on the slopes of Perseverance Valley in a color image captured Sept. 20 by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High Resolution ...
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NASA crosses its fingers as skies over its sleeping Opportunity rover continue to clear up

The saga of the Mars dust storm that may have killed NASA's Opportunity rover may still come with a twist ending. The rover, which has been sitting silently ever since the planet-swallowing dust storm blocked out its only source of power, still has a opportunity to wake back up. NASA is holding its collective breath as it waits and wonders whether the robot made it through. Opportunity entered a low-power default state — like an automatic hibernation mode of sorts — when the skies above it w...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Callas, Perseverance Valley, John Callas


NASA’s Opportunity rover, caught in fierce Martian dust storm, sends message back home

With so much interest in what NASA's Curiosity rover has been up to recently — with the whole "maybe finding evidence of life" and whatnot — it's easy to forget that it isn't the only rover making tracks on the Red Planet. Opportunity, the much older rover that has been on Mars since early 2004, is still doing its thing, but an intense dust storm is making life difficult for the aging robot. The storm that is currently blanketing Opportunity is absolutely massive in size, with NASA e...
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This Martian Crater Has a Weirdly Earth-Like Secret

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity was exploring an uncharted Martian valley last month when it encountered a shockingly familiar sight: Streams of rocks and gravel stretched down the hillside of Perseverance Valley — a roughly 600-foot (183 meters) drop down the inner slope of a crater — in seemingly organized rows. The patterns closely resemble so-called "rock stripes" seen on certain mountains on Earth, NASA said in a statement. Perseverance Valley is thought to have been carved hundreds of thou...
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