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A New Understanding

The Planetary Report • December Solstice 2019

Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

The Downlink: Europe Funds Planetary Defense Mission and Mars Sample Return

Jason Davis • November 29, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

False alarm: Here's why people thought Opportunity phoned home last week

Jason Davis • August 21, 2018 • 4

It was a signal from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, not Opportunity, that showed up on a Deep Space Network dashboard last week.

The Bounty of Iron Meteorites Found on Mars

Linda Martel • July 10, 2018 • 1

Something new and wonderful appeared in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database—an entire listing of meteorites found on Mars by robotic rovers and their science teams from the years 2005–2017.

The Opportunity selfie: 5000 Sols in the making

Doug Ellison • April 20, 2018 • 1

A personal story recounts how a NASA team used a microscopic imager to take a selfie of the Opportunity rover.

Opportunity's sol 5000 self-portrait

Emily Lakdawalla • February 20, 2018

Last week the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity celebrated its 5000th sol on Mars, and it celebrated by taking the first complete Mars Exploration Rover self-portrait.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4857

Larry Crumpler • September 22, 2017

Opportunity is continuing its drive down Perseverance Valley, a possible channel that was cut in the inner wall of the 22 km-diameter Endeavour impact crater on ancient Mars.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4782

Larry Crumpler • July 07, 2017

With the latest drive on sol 4782, Opportunity began the long drive down the floor of Perseverance Valley here on Endeavour Crater.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4766

Larry Crumpler • June 21, 2017

Opportunity is doing a geologic walkabout at the entrance to Perseverance Valley, an ancient and potentially water-carved feature.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4734

Larry Crumpler • May 18, 2017

Opportunity has arrived at the head of Perseverance Valley—a possible water-cut valley.

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