Your monthly roundup of the adventures of the 20+ robots exploring our solar system.
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/02/11 07:19 CST
Opportunity is continuing to explore the outcrops Marathon Valley, on the west rim of Endeavour crater.
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2016/01/29 01:53 CST
On January 23rd, Opportunity celebrated its 12th anniversary of landing on Mars.
In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2015/08/26 02:53 CDT
Opportunity is moving down into a large valley that cuts through the rim of Endeavour crater, into some interesting scenery.
I'm back from two weeks' vacation, so it's time to catch up on the status of all our intrepid planetary missions, from Akatsuki to the Voyagers and hitting the Moon, Mars, asteroids, comets, and Saturn in between.
The NASA Administrator declared that the Opportunity rover is a mission 'whose time has passed' and will be defunded next year. Will Congress act to save it?
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2015/01/22 05:10 CST
Larry Crumpler gives an update on the status of Opportunity's traverse toward Marathon Valley.
Opportunity is continuing its drives along the rim of Endeavour toward Marathon Valley. Larry Crumpler tells us what to expect as the rover continues its journey.
Posted by Larry Crumpler on 2014/11/25 11:01 CST
Larry Crumpler returns with an update on Opportunity's recent activities, and its road ahead.
It's been two weeks since comet Siding Spring passed close by Mars, and six of the seven Mars spacecraft have now checked in with quick looks at their images of the encounter. I round up all the results.
All seven Mars spacecraft are doing perfectly fine after comet Siding Spring's close encounter with Mars.
Opportunity will become a comet flyby mission beginning in mid-October. The comet Siding Spring will zoom past Mars at a distance of about 135,000 km on October 19.