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10 years on Mars!

 

We're celebrating 10 years on Mars with the Mars Exploration Rovers

 

 

You can also send a personal message to the scientists and engineers responsible for these remarkable roving robots. We'll be collecting messages throughout January, so there's plenty of time to get your friends and family to send messages, too.

Send a Message to the MER Team

 

We hope that you explore our virtual party, play our games, see some pictures and enjoy our videos. For more in-depth coverage of the MER mission, we have posted A.J.S. Rayl's monthly articles below. You will not find a better source of MER activities.


 

Latest MER Updates

 

Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Discovers New Rock Type, Updates Flight Software

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/03/05 12:16 CST

From the discovery of a new rock type to a successful flight software upload that should enable the robot field geologist to regain her long-term, flash memory, Opportunity and her team delivered what turned out to be a hugely productive and memorable 133rd month on the Red Planet.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Completes 11th Year of Surface Operations!

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/02/03 05:54 CST

On January 24th, something wonderful happened on Mars. Opportunity completed her 11th year of exploring the surface of the Red Planet! The veteran rover couldn't exactly go to Disneyland to celebrate this amazing achievement, so she did what she loves to do – roved on.

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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Closes in on 11th Anniversary and We Look Back on 2014

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2015/01/07 06:14 CST | 2 comments

With a wonder year of discoveries, historic feats, and bummers in the rear view mirror – and plenty of mettle to continue exploring – Opportunity ended 2014 quietly working in a temporary back-up mode, as her colleagues on Earth ramped up for the mission's marathon adventure to come in 2015.

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

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2014/12/03 12:13 CST

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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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Images Comet, Ducks Storm, Departs Ulysses

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2014/11/04 10:02 CST

As winds whirled and converged to the west of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity's power dropped dramatically in October, but the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) pressed on. By month's end, the robot field geologist had completed her assignments – including capturing the first close-in shot of a comet from the surface of the Red Planet – and was roving onward through the darkness, driving the mission into the 130th month of what started out more than 10-and-a-half years ago to be a 3-month tour.

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