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What Do Mars Rovers Sound Like?

Before meeting its end in a planet-circling dust storm, the Opportunity rover traversed nearly 30 miles over the perilous Martian surface. In some ways, we travelled along with Oppy thanks to the thousands of images it sent back to Earth. But what did Oppy’s journey sound like? Read More >>

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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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NASA Hopes for Martian Wind as It Extends Efforts to Reach Opportunity Rover

Five months have passed since scientists last heard from the Opportunity rover, which went into hibernation mode after planet-wide dust storm dimmed the Martian skies. But it appears that NASA has no plans to curtail its search for the rover, at least “for the foreseeable future,” according to a release. Read More >>

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There May Still Be Hope for NASA’s Sleeping Opportunity Rover

It’s been months since NASA engineers have heard from the sleeping Opportunity rover, which powered down after getting caught in a massive dust storm on Mars that obscured its surface from the Sun. But all hope isn’t yet lost, as the space agency said in an update Thursday that a coming windy season on the Red Planet could help clear dust believed to be obstructing Opportunity’s solar panels. Read More >>

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As Dust Clears, NASA Spots Possibly Dead Opportunity Rover From Space

It’s been 107 agonising days since NASA last heard from Opportunity, raising fears that the 14-year-old rover has finally expired after being battered by a massive dust storm. The Martian probe may be quiet, but a new photo taken of Opportunity from space is providing some much-needed solace. Read More >>

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The Dust Storm on Mars Is So Huge It Now Encircles the Entire Planet

For the past two weeks, a massive dust storm has churned on Mars, forcing NASA to put its Opportunity rover into hibernation mode. But Curiosity, a rover on the other side of the planet, is now feeling the effects of the storm as well, revealing the dramatic, planet-size scale of this dusty weather system. Read More >>

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Over the Weekend, the NASA Opportunity Rover Saw Its 5,000th Martian Dawn

Saturday, 17th February marked the 5,000th local day (sol) of operations for NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, which was originally designed to last for just 90 sols after its January 2004 landing date, but has instead continued to set milestones like completing a marathon-length tour of its surroundings and taking huge composite photos of its new world’s surface. Read More >>

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Remarkable Image Shows a Martian Crater With NASA’s Garbage Still Inside

When NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars in 2004, it settled at the bottom of a crater in an interplanetary hole-in-one shot that would make even a golf champion jealous. When the rover trundled out of its unexpected hole, it left behind its landing platform. Now, 13 years later, we’ve caught our best glimpse yet of this historic landing site and the crap NASA left behind. Read More >>

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The Opportunity Rover Spotted a Martian Dust Devil on Its Tail

Rovers on Mars have captured images of dust devils before, but this might be the best one we’ve ever seen. Read More >>

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Mars’s Marathon Valley Sure is Pretty

When NASA's Opportunity rover paused to take in its surroundings earlier this month, it had quite a views. This is what it saw from the edge of the Endeavour Crater, a part of the planet that's been dubbed Marathon Valley. Read More >>

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NASA Will Reformat Mars Rover’s Flash Memory From 125 Million Miles Away

NASA's Opportunity rover is still trundling across the surface of Mars, more than 11 years after its 90 day mission began. But its software is getting bogged down, so NASA's doing a full system backup, memory wipe, and reboot. It's just like your routine computer cleanup, just from the next planet over. Read More >>