Mars Opportunity Rover Falters, May Be On The Chopping Block

If you have a digital camera you’re familiar with reformatting your memory card after you’ve filled it up and downloaded your images. Reformatting clears the card and allows you to write to it again. But after maybe a hundred of these digital lobotomies a card will often begin to malfunction. Now unreliable, it can’t be…
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Mars Orbiter Sends Close-up Photos Of Comet Siding Spring

They’ve done it again. NASA engineers and scientists successfully slewed the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter into position to get pictures of comet C/2013 Siding Spring during its close flyby on October 19. I think all of us were waiting for pictures more like this one which show more than a bit of fuzz. Not to disrespect…
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Opportunity Rover Takes First Pictures Of Comet Siding Spring From Mars

Darn rover’s been there more than 10 years and still producing firsts. Around 4:13 a.m. local time October 19, not long before the beginning of morning twilight, NASA’s Opportunity Rover pointed its panoramic camera at Comet Siding Spring in the constellation Eridanus and took a historic photograph – the first of a comet seen from…
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Crescent Moon Joins A Planet Parade / Opportunity Ready For Marathon Run

The moon joins a lineup of planets and bright stars hung like tiki lamps across the southwestern sky at dusk. Watch for it to pass near fading Mars Saturday evening and Saturn on Monday. While you’re gazing at the Red Planet, know that the Opportunity rover made news this week when it set a record…
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Opportunity Rover Gets A Free Car Wash / Mars Back Up, Almost Hits Porrima

What a difference a windy day can make. Before and after self-portraits dramatically show how gusty Martian winds swept away months of dust that had accumulated on the Opportunity rover’s solar panels. Strong winds blowing over the rim of Endeavour Crater in mid-March removed almost all of the accumulated dust, increasing the power available from…
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