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A New Understanding

Abigail Fraeman • December 04, 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

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

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

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.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4718

Larry Crumpler • May 03, 2017

Opportunity has made the final drive in the month-long process that began way up north inside Endeavour Crater earlier this Earth-year.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4669

Larry Crumpler • March 13, 2017

Opportunity has begun driving down a long southward slope in Endeavour, heading toward Perseverance Valley.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4662 - March 6, 2017

Larry Crumpler • March 11, 2017

For nearly two years, Opportunity's world has been tilted 10–25 degrees as it drove down to the lower slopes of the wall of Endeavour Crater. Toward the end of last week, Opportunity pulled itself up and over the lip of the crater.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4639 - February 10, 2017

Larry Crumpler • February 10, 2017

Opportunity has successfully clawed its way to within a few meters of the crater rim after spending the last few months climbing and the last two years inside the crater.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4633 - February 6, 2017

Larry Crumpler • February 06, 2017

Several sols ago, Opportunity made it up and past the steepest section of its climb out of Endeavour crater.

Need a break from Earth? Go stand on Mars with these lovely landscapes

Kevin Gill • January 25, 2017

Amateur space image processor Kevin Gill shares some of his stunning 3D images of Mars, created from real spacecraft data.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4588 - December 20, 2016

Larry Crumpler • December 20, 2016

Opportunity continues to climb up the inner crater wall of Endeavour crater, heading south on its journey toward its next valley target.

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4577 - December 9, 2016

Larry Crumpler • December 09, 2016

Opportunity has begun the ascent of the steep slopes here in the inner wall of Endeavour crater after completion of a survey of outcrops close to the crater floor. The goal now is to climb back to the rim, drive south, and arrive at the next major mission target on the rim before the next Martian winter.

HiRISE coverage of the Opportunity field site, version 1.0

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2016

As she did before for Curiosity, Emily Lakdawalla has searched through the HiRISE image archive for photos of the Opportunity landing site and sorted them all out so that you don't have to.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 4535 - October 26, 2016

Larry Crumpler • November 02, 2016

Opportunity is currently finishing up observations of its first outcrop target of its 10th extended mission plan.

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