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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

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Hazcam image taken 3 June 2018

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.


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Where Martian Dust Comes From

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator, scientists have found.

NASA Says Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-day Technology

NASA Says Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-day Technology

Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories.


Mars Express Detects Liquid Water Under Mars' South Pole

Mars Express Detects Liquid Water Under Mars' South Pole

Evidence for the Red Planet's watery past is prevalent across its surface in the form of vast dried-out river valley networks and gigantic outflow channels clearly imaged by orbiting spacecraft.


Global Impact Of Massive Martian Dust Storm

Global Impact Of Massive Martian Dust Storm

In June, one of these dust events rapidly engulfed the planet. Scientists first observed a smaller-scale dust storm on May 30. By June 20, it had gone global.


Watching A Martian Dust Storm Roll In From Orbit

Watching A Martian Dust Storm Roll In From Orbit

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA's Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds - visible in the right half of the frame - near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.


Studying Record-Setting Dust Storm on Mars

Studying Record-Setting Dust Storm on Mars

Worst dust storm in the history of human observation of Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to study the critical weather pattern.


Lingering Frost On Mars' North Pole

Lingering Frost On Mars' North Pole

Mars' north polar layered deposits comprise a thick stack of icy layers.


Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust Storm Haze

Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust Storm Haze

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.


NASA Is Studying An Immense Martian Storm

NASA Is Studying An Immense Martian Storm

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.


Opportunity Rover Hit By Massive Martian Dust Storm

Opportunity Rover Hit By Massive Martian Dust Storm

NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover.


Meteorite Impact On Mars Causes An Avalanche

Meteorite Impact On Mars Causes An Avalanche

This HiRISE image captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.


Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning -- a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm.


NASA: Mars Has Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane

NASA: Mars Has Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane Video in Story

NASA's Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet.


NASA: Mars Curiosity Rover's Labs Are Back in Action

NASA: Mars Curiosity Rover's Labs Are Back in Action

NASA's Curiosity rover is analyzing drilled samples on Mars in one of its onboard labs for the first time in more than a year.


Curiosity is Drilling On Mars Again

Curiosity is Drilling On Mars Again

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them. This past weekend, that effort produced the first drilled sample on Mars in more than a year.


InSight Steers Toward Mars

InSight Steers Toward Mars

The lander is currently encapsulated in a protective aeroshell, which launched on top of an Atlas V 401 rocket on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Central California.


Restoring Curiosity's Drilling Capabilities

Restoring Curiosity's Drilling Capabilities

NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again.



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