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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity and Spirit Brave Global Dust Storm

A.J.S. Rayl • July 31, 2007

It was to be a Martian summer to remember. Just one month ago, the Mars Exploration Rovers were set to embark on long-awaited adventures. At Meridiani Planum, Opportunity was preparing for its grand entrance into the magnificent Victoria Crater and on the other side of the planet Spirit was finally going to explore the top of Home Plate, an old, intriguing volcanic formation in the Gusev Crater area. Then a series of dust storms hit suddenly, it was a Martian summer to remember alright, but for far different, windswept reasons.

Phoenix launch postponed one day

Emily Lakdawalla • July 31, 2007

Phoenix launch postponed one day

Where are you reading from?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2007

Where are you reading from?

High tau for Spirit and Opportunity

Emily Lakdawalla • July 30, 2007

Over the weekend I fiddled with the "tau" images that Mars Exploration Rover Pancam lead Jim Bell gave me, and I produced a couple of different ways to visualize the darkness of the rovers' skies.

New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

Emily Lakdawalla • July 29, 2007

New launch date for Kaguya: September 13

Dust storm update: rovers still OK

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2007

The dust storm continues at Mars, but both rovers continue to be power-positive.

Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2007

Stars Above, Earth Below: Appreciating Dark Skies

A horrible day in space

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2007

A horrible day in space

Jim Bell to be on NPR's Science Friday

Emily Lakdawalla • July 26, 2007

Jim Bell to be on NPR's Science Friday

The best view of Helene yet

Emily Lakdawalla • July 26, 2007

The best view of Helene yet

Venus as seen from two different spacecraft

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2007

Venus as seen from two different spacecraft

A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring

Emily Lakdawalla • July 25, 2007

A backlog of 400 emails: ESA and NASA; MGS failure; Iapetus; Saturn's D ring

Canned Phoenix, anyone?

Emily Lakdawalla • July 24, 2007

Canned Phoenix, anyone?

Mars Exploration Rovers update: Spirit and Opportunity are both still talking to Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2007

Both Spirit and Opportunity are still suffering under incredibly dark skies, but, amazingly, they are both "power-positive," meaning that they are managing to produce enough power from the limited amount of sunlight to keep the batteries fully charged.

Venus Express PFS fails to respond to a swift kick

Emily Lakdawalla • July 23, 2007

Venus Express PFS fails to respond to a swift kick

The 2007 Martian Dust Storm: Crisis for Some, Opportunity for Others

Emily Lakdawalla • July 21, 2007

The 2007 Martian Dust Storm: Crisis for Some, Opportunity for Others

Kaguya (SELENE) launch delayed

Emily Lakdawalla • July 20, 2007

Kaguya (SELENE) launch delayed

New moons at Saturn

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2007

New moons at Saturn

Check out the twelfth Carnival of Space

Emily Lakdawalla • July 19, 2007

Check out the twelfth Carnival of Space

Yet another active world: Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 18, 2007

I've just posted a news story on a recently published paper that suggests that Pluto's moon Charon may have active ice volcanoes.

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