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Mars Exploration Rovers Update for 2016

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Turns 12! Embarks on Electric Slide

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/02/04 07:12 CST | 1 comment

On January 24th, the veteran Mars Exploration Rover (MER) wrapped the last day of her 12th year of surface operations on Mars, marking an extraordinary, historic achievement for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) mission.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Scales Knudsen Ridge and Rocks On

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/03/03 08:21 CST | 1 comment

As the Martian winter slowly begins to recede, Opportunity is working away on the steep slopes of Knudsen Ridge at the southern end of Marathon Valley, showing her mettle in some of the most challenging terrain of the rover’s 12+ years on the Red Planet.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Soldiers through Martian March Madness

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/04/04 05:04 CDT | 4 comments

As March Madness on Earth sent sports fans into their annual kinetic frenzy watching more than 60 American teams battle it out for college basketball’s grandest title, Opportunity was experiencing her own Martian brand of March Madness.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Sleuths New Site for Smectites

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/05/10 08:01 CDT | 2 comments

Opportunity and the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) team pressed on through the Martian winter and spent April sleuthing for clay minerals at the mission’s new site on the southern wall of Marathon Valley.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Scuffs Up Signs of Past Water at Marathon Valley

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/06/06 09:24 CDT

Opportunity spent the first half of May digging into an outcrop, taking dozens of panoramic images from her site on the south wall of Marathon Valley at Endeavour Crater’s western rim, and basking in the Martian spring weather.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Begins Final Science Campaign in Marathon Valley

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/07/07 08:01 CDT

The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission entered its 150th month of surface exploration in June as Opportunity began checking off the last science investigations in Marathon Valley, and the crew on Earth looked ahead to the future past.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Nears End of Marathon Valley Tour, Team Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Viking

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/08/03 01:33 CDT | 1 comment

Despite the intensifying rancor and ugliness of the U.S. Presidential campaigns on Earth, as the spring Sun shined down on Meridiani Planum in July, all was right with the world at Endeavour Crater.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Gets in the Groove, Wraps Science Marathon Valley

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/09/05 11:01 CDT

Opportunity got in the groove at Endeavour Crater in August finishing the last of her science assignments in Marathon Valley.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Exits Marathon Valley then Rocks Spirit Mound

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/10/04 07:17 CDT

It was another September to remember for Opportunity as she cruised through the Lewis and Clark Gap and out of Marathon Valley, then hiked downslope, leading the first overland expedition of the Red Planet to Spirit Mound, a new site deep in Endeavour Crater’s rim.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Scales Spirit Mound, Takes Shot at Schiaparelli

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/11/05 11:45 CDT

Opportunity spent the month of October on Spirit Mound studying the rich yet familiar geology at the first science stop on its 10th extended mission – pausing only to take a shot at freeze-framing part of the descent of Europe’s Schiaparelli lander.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Departs Spirit Mound, Embarks on Toughest Exit Ever

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2016/12/02 07:55 CST | 1 comment

Opportunity worked along Endeavour Crater's western rim through November, taking pictures, hiking slopes, and finishing work in the depths of Cape Tribulation.

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