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The Enduring Mystery of the Martian ‘Blueberries’ Discovered by Opportunity Rover

NASA has officially called an end to the historic Opportunity rover mission, ending a spectacular, 14-year adventure on the Red Planet. One of the rover’s most intriguing discoveries, however, came just two months after it landed, when it stumbled upon tiny objects bearing a startling resemblance to blueberries — the nature of which still divides scientists today. Read More >>

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The Sheer Distance Opportunity Roved Across Mars Still Has Us in Awe

As we remember the now-officially-dead Opportunity rover this week, one fact keeps sticking out to me: that machine travelled a whopping 45 kilometres across the surface of another planet. And it did so in short, nerve-wracking spurts. Spread over the course of 14 years then 45 kilometres may not sound like that much, but consider the many obstacles Oppy faced – including an agonising 38 days stuck spinning its wheels in a soft sand dune. Read More >>

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It’s Official: NASA Says Mars Rover Opportunity Is Dead

NASA declared at a press conference today that its Opportunity rover is officially no longer functional, marking the end of an era while celebrating the wildly successful Mars Exploration Rover mission. Read More >>

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Curiosity Rover Says Goodbye to Its Home of a Year With Superb Panoramic

The twisting terrain of Vera Rubin Ridge on Mars has been home to NASA’s Curiosity for over a year, but it’s time for the rover to move on. As a final gesture before trekking toward a nearby region rich in clay, the probe captured a stunning 360-degree panorama of its final worksite at the ridge. Read More >>

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Scientists Remember the Mars Rover Opportunity as Hope Fades for Its Resurrection

A brutal dust storm engulfed Mars last summer. The planet-wide tempest spared the nuclear-powered Curiosity rover, but the older, solar-powered Opportunity rover shut down as the thick dust blocked light from the Sun. Opportunity has remained silent since June 10, 2018, despite NASA’s hundreds of attempts to contact it. When a windy season on Mars began in November, scientists hoped that gusts might clear debris from its solar panels, but that hope appears to have been in vain. NASA continues to send recovery commands, but sadly, it seems the Opportunity mission has finally come to an end. Read More >>

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Turns Out One-Way Trips to Mars Not Exactly Great Business Plan

Remember Mars One, that company we all knew was a scam but still kind of hoped was real because of how much we liked the movie The Martian? Yeah, it went bankrupt. Read More >>

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Small Satellites That Accompanied InSight Lander to Mars Go Silent

A pair of small satellites that joined the InSight mission on its way to Mars haven’t been heard from in over a month—but the experimental mission is still an important success for NASA. Read More >>

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InSight’s Marsquake Detector Gets a Nifty Dome to Protect It From the Harsh Martian Environment

A dome placed over InSight’s seismometer will now protect the sensitive device from Martian wind and extreme temperature fluctuations. Read More >>

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Scientists Reveal Nature of Martian Mountain Using Ingenious Technique With Curiosity Rover

Scientists working with the Curiosity rover used a piece of its navigation equipment—an accelerometer like the one in your mobile phone—in order to make an important measurement about Mars’ mysterious geology. Read More >>

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Good News From Mars: The InSight Lander Is on Track to Start Collecting Data Next Month

The U.S. government may be in partial shutdown mode, but operations to configure instruments critical to NASA’s InSight mission on Mars are right on schedule – and things are going swimmingly, as the latest mission update attests. Read More >>

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Who Wants to Go Ice Skating Across This Wintry Martian Crater?

Korolev crater on Mars boasts an ice rink measuring over 50 miles wide—and it’s one of the most spectacular surface features on the Red Planet, as the latest image from the Mars Express spacecraft reveals. Read More >>

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NASA’s InSight Lander Successfully Deploys Its Marsquake Detector

Using its robotic arm, the InSight lander gingerly placed a hexagonal device onto the smooth Martian surface on Wednesday. It marks the first time in history that a seismometer has ever been placed on Mars—or the surface of another planet for that matter. Read More >>

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Martian Satellite Spots NASA’s InSight Lander From Space

The precise location of NASA’s InSight lander within Elysium Planitia is now known, thanks to images captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read More >>

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NASA’s InSight Lander Strikes a Confident Pose for Its First Martian Selfie

In the very first selfie taken by InSight, the NASA probe looks ready and rarin’ to go. Read More >>

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New Images from Mars Show NASA’s InSight Landed on an Absolutely Glorious Spot

It’s been a couple of weeks since InSight made its picture-perfect landing on Mars. Vivid new photos taken from the landing site are finally giving mission controllers a sense of the landscape around the stationary probe—and the early signs are very positive. Read More >>