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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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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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NASA’s Opportunity Rover Got Stuck on a Hill on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover just attempted to take on the steepest hill a Martian rover has ever climbed—and promptly got stuck there. Oh dear. Read More >>

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NASA Has Called Off the Launch for its Brand New Mars Lander

Mars InSight lander was set to blast its way towards the Red Planet just three short months from now. Today, NASA announced that leaks that had sprung up in the lander wouldn’t be fixed in time. The next window to send it back won’t be for two years — and whether it will make it even then isn’t certain. Read More >>

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It Only Took NASA 11 Years to Run a Marathon on Mars

The Mars Exploration Rover, better known as Opportunity, has been beaming back images and data from our planetary neighbour since 2004. As as of today, it has travelled 26.219 miles, making it the first little interplanetary explorer to complete a marathon. Read More >>

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Amnesiac Mars Rover is Getting Brain Surgery From Millions of Miles Away

NASA has had some truly bad luck lately, underscored by the cancellation of an ambitious balloon mission due to a leak last week. Even Opportunity, the decade-old Mars rover that has surprised everyone by exploring for more than a decade after its mission ended, is showing signs of slowing down. Now, NASA has a plan to hack it. Read More >>

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What a Rover Looks Like After a Decade on Mars

Curiosity is the trendy name in the realms of Mars roving, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Read More >>

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It’s Been a Full Decade Since the Spirit Rover Landed on Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA's Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionise our understanding of the Red Planet. Read More >>

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10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began a 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA's Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly ten years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong. Read More >>

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There Was Drinkable Water On Mars, According To Opportunity

Opportunity, aka The Little Rover That Could, is still making important discoveries 10 years into its Martian jaunt. After the devastating loss of twin rover Spirit in 2011, Opportunity rallied and kept trekking, only to recently discover a fascinating rock near Endurance Crater. Read More >>

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NASA Defaces Mars With Massive Cock Drawing

Apparently this was an accident, but really? Someone's obviously got a sense of humour at NASA's rover control (or access to Photoshop?). Poor Opportunity, just going about its own business while some pecker takes advantage of its innocent wanderings. It's bad enough it got replaced by Curiosity and left on Mars to die, but this? Maybe it's just Opportunity getting its own back. [NASA via Reddit via HuffPo] Read More >>

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NASA Discovers Mysterious Spheres On Mars

NASA claims that new mysterious spheres discovered by the Mars Opportunity rover are puzzling researchers to no end. According to Opportunity's principal investigator, Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, "this is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission." Read More >>

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Stop What You’re Doing and Explore Mars Right Now

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk around on Mars? For 99.99999 per cent of us, this may be as close as we ever get. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has given us the honor of taking the lid off of this awesome, interactive eye-candy. Basically it's Google Earth, for Mars. Read More >>