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11. Field Report from Mars: Sol 3848 — November 20, 2014

(Web Page; Mon Nov 24 15:02:00 CST 2014)

Opportunity finished up its work on Wdowiak Ridge and has now continued southward along the rim of Endeavour crater. The ultimate goal is a large valley cutting through the crater rim that we have informally named “Marathon Valley&...

Description: Larry Crumpler returns with an update on Opportunity's recent activities, and its road ahead.

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

(Web Page; Sat Oct 04 09:39:00 CDT 2014)

While the winds of Martian spring blew through Meridiani Planum in September, Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity reformatted its Flash memory then continued exploring Wdowiak Ridge on the western rim of Endeavour Crater. Even thoug...

Description: 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.

13. Field Report from Mars: Sol 3808 — October 10, 2014

(Web Page; Wed Oct 15 10:22:00 CDT 2014)

Opportunity continues to work its way up Wdowiak Ridge as it ascends southward along the rim of Endeavour crater. Currently Opportunity is examining some rocks that were excavated and thrown out of a nearby small impact crater, Ulysses c...

Description: 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.

14. Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Celebrates 3 Martian Years, Opportunity Finds Blockbuster in Block Island

(Web Page; Mon Feb 18 12:56:00 CST 2019)

Three Mars years Sol 2008 -- August 26, 2009 for Spirit and September 16, 2009 for Opportunity -- marks three Martian years of explortation for the twin robot field geologists. A year on Mars is approximately 687 Eart...

Description: The Mars Exploration Rovers hunkered down in place in August and delivered more mission "gold" as they achieved new milestones and uncovered more scientific gems, not the least of which was a blockbuster of a meteorite. But August proved to be a stormy month, uniquely challenging and one that many on the Mars Exploration Team will never forget.

15. What's up in the solar system for the week of June 16

(Web Page; Wed Aug 29 15:51:00 CDT 2012)

I'm back from vacation and slowly getting back up to speed, so it's a good time to check in on what's going on with our trusty robots around the solar system. Before I do that I want to give a big thanks to Jim and James for their contr...

Description: What's up in the solar system for the week of June 16

16. Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Embedded in Paydirt, Opportunity Roving on 'Hot' Wheel

(Web Page; Mon Feb 18 12:56:00 CST 2019)

Mars Exploration RoversCredit: NASA / JPL-Caltech It’s been a relatively quiet but scientifically significant month on the Red Planet for the Mars Exploration Rovers. While Opportunity continued its long journey ...

Description: It's been a relatively quiet but scientifically significant month on the Red Planet for the Mars Exploration Rovers. While Opportunity continued its long journey to Endeavour Crater, forced to take it slower and make longer stops to rest its 'hot' front wheel, Spirit, seemingly just biding its time embedded in a sand pit it slipped into in April, turned up one of the most intriguing discoveries on the mission to date.

17. Blast from the past: The Galileo Messenger

(Web Page; Wed Nov 07 08:16:00 CST 2018)

It's impossible to avoid a foreboding feeling when reading the early newsletters that came out of the Galileo project. Undoubtedly, Galileo transformed our understanding of Jupiter and especially its moons, revealing Europa and Ganymede ...

Description: From 1981 to 1997, the Galileo mission published an approximately quarterly newsletter called the Galileo Messenger. It eventually ran to 45 issues, until the end of the Prime Mission. The first 20 were published before Galileo ever got off the ground. That period is the subject of this post.

18. We didn't start the science

(Web Page; Mon May 28 14:32:00 CDT 2018)

Oh this is fun. Andy Rivkin is an asteroid astronomer, an officer in the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, and troubadour. That's all the introduction you need to this video. Nice job, Andy! Here's ...

Description: Asteroid astronomer Andy Rivkin has posted to YouTube his own awesome version of "We Didn't Start the Fire" -- with planetary science lyrics.

19. Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Works as Team Tests Exit Moves, Opportunity Roves to Block Island

(Web Page; Mon Feb 18 12:56:00 CST 2019)

Mars Exploration Rovers Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech The Mars Exploration Rovers maintained a busy schedule in July: Spirit worked day and night doing whatever it could to make use of its abundant energy; Opportunity effectively treate...

Description: The Mars Exploration Rovers maintained a busy schedule in July: Spirit worked day and night doing whatever it could to make use of its abundant energy; Opportunity effectively treated its “hot” right front wheel and got back to making some consecutive long drives toward the still distant Endeavour Crater.

20. Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Roves from Wdowiak Ridge into Network of Fractures

(Web Page; Wed Dec 03 11:57:00 CST 2014)

Mars Exploration Rover NASA / JPL-Caltech / Maas Digital As a large, threatening regional dust storm blowing across the southern hemisphere of Mars continued to degrade and the skies over Endeavour Crater began to clear, veteran Ma...

Description: Last month, the Earth's longest-lived and most traveled robot on another planet drove into a network of fractures the likes of which the scientists had never seen before on Mars and wound up working there through the end of the month – and then something not completely unexpected happened.

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