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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Gets Extension, Returns Killer Panoramas, and Roves onto Mystery Rocks

A.J.S. Rayl • October 04, 2014 • 1

While the winds of Martian spring blew through Meridiani Planum in September, Opportunity reformatted its Flash memory then continued exploring Wdowiak Ridge on the western rim of Endeavour Crater. Even though the Flash-related issues soon returned, the robot field geologist hardly seemed to notice as it sent home two spectacular panoramas, presented the scientists with a rocky Martian mystery, and delivered yet another September to remember for the mission. And that's not all.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 3790 — September 22, 2014

Larry Crumpler • September 26, 2014 • 4

After a stand-down of activities to reformat its flash memory, Opportunity has re-commenced the long climb up this high and steep segment of the Endeavour crater rim.

Curiosity Rover Science Plan Slammed by NASA Review Panel

Casey Dreier • September 03, 2014 • 19

Senior review recommends continuing all major planetary exploration missions, but not without some changes.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Suffers Unwanted Computer Reboots, Hunkers Down for Reformat

A.J.S. Rayl • September 03, 2014

After setting the new off-Earth rover distance record in July, Opportunity roved on in August, driving south along the eastern edge of Endeavour Crater's western rim to Wdowiak Ridge on its journey to the next big destination, Marathon Valley.

Comet Flyby Missions for Mars Rovers

Mark Lemmon • August 21, 2014 • 2

On October 19, the Mars rovers — like their orbiting cousins — will become comet flyby missions. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) will pass within 140,000 km of Mars.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3753 – August 15, 2014

Larry Crumpler • August 18, 2014 • 2

Opportunity just completed its first drives upslope on its long journey toward the crest of the highest rim segment of Endeavour crater, “Cape Tribulation.” Larry Crumpler gives us an update on what to expect next from the little rover that could.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Sets Historic Distance Record and Roves On

A.J.S. Rayl • August 08, 2014

It's official: Opportunity has traveled farther and lived longer than any other vehicle on another planet, driving to a place in history with an out-of-this-world distinction no one even imagined when the robot field geologist left Earth 11 years ago.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3737 – July 30, 2014

Larry Crumpler • August 04, 2014 • 2

Larry Crumpler updates us on the Opportunity rover, which now holds the distance record for a rover on another planet and is about to climb up its highest crater rim segment yet.

8th Mars Report: Martian habitability

Valerie Fox • July 30, 2014 • 9

Valerie Fox reports from the 8th International Conference on Mars on the habitability of the Red Planet.

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Nears End of Murray Ridge, Pillinger Point Christened

A.J.S. Rayl • July 03, 2014 • 6

Opportunity got off to a bumpy start in June, but the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission pressed on, continuing the exploration of Murray Ridge at the western rim of Endeavour Crater.

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