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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #240 on: 01/02/2019 05:49 pm »
Someone should make a thread for Oppy in the "historic spaceflight" section so that even with the end of MER-1 and therefore the MER program we can still post things about the historic and groundbreaking missions. I really wish JPL makes some sort of poster memoralizing the MER program since this was a historic one. They really should make one like Cassini and the recent Voyager-2 posters.
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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #241 on: 01/26/2019 03:54 am »
‘This Could Be the End’ for NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover


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“I haven’t given up yet,” said Steven W. Squyres, the principal investigator for the mission. But he added, “This could be the end. Under the assumption that this is the end, it feels good. I mean that.”


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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #242 on: 01/26/2019 02:50 pm »
 They haven't quit yet.

"The new transmission strategies address three possible scenarios: that the rover's primary X-band radio has failed; that both its primary and secondary X-band radios have failed; or that the rover's internal clock, which provides a timeframe for its computer brain, is offset."

 
https://t.co/9BWCgZzTWC pic.twitter.com/UsMk6PKkzQ (@MarsRovers) January 25, 2019
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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #243 on: 02/12/2019 09:22 pm »
"CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

"NASA said Tuesday it will issue a final series of recovery commands, on top of more than 1,000 already sent. If there's no response by Wednesday -- which NASA suspects will be the case -- Opportunity will be declared dead, 15 years after arriving at the red planet."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/nasa-about-to-pull-plug-on-mars-rover-silent-for-8-months-1.4294213


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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #244 on: 02/12/2019 09:33 pm »
News conference to air live on NASA TV about the Opportunity recovery efforts: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-share-results-of-effort-to-recover-mars-opportunity-rover
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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #245 on: 02/13/2019 06:41 am »
NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

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NASA said Tuesday it will issue a final series of recovery commands, on top of more than 1,000 already sent. If there's no response by Wednesday — which NASA suspects will be the case — Opportunity will be declared dead, 15 years after arriving at the red planet.

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« Reply #246 on: 02/13/2019 05:38 pm »
Webcast in 20 mins:

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« Reply #247 on: 02/13/2019 05:57 pm »
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« Reply #248 on: 02/13/2019 06:04 pm »
Marking the mission as "complete".
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« Reply #249 on: 02/13/2019 06:09 pm »
JPL director noting the legacy of "these two little intrepid rovers" - noting Curiosity, healthy on Mars - and the Mars 2020 rover to come.

Opportunity was "an overachiever".
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« Reply #250 on: 02/13/2019 06:11 pm »
Opportunity caught on camera from orbit during the mission.
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« Reply #251 on: 02/13/2019 06:15 pm »
The travel map as an epitaph.

Mission plan was supposed to be 90 days and 1100 yards. It turned out to be 15 years and 28 miles.
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« Reply #252 on: 02/13/2019 06:16 pm »
Sent a 1000 recovery commands since the dust storm arrived.
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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #253 on: 02/13/2019 06:25 pm »
Simulated dust storm. To the far left, a normal Mars day. In the middle a normal Mars dust storm on the right the dust storm suffered by Oppurtunity.
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« Reply #254 on: 02/13/2019 08:18 pm »
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« Reply #255 on: 02/13/2019 09:28 pm »
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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #256 on: 02/13/2019 09:39 pm »
A Lifetime of Opportunity

Thomas Zurbuchen Posted on February 13, 2019

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “opportunity” as a favorable juncture of circumstances, or a good chance for advancement or progress. To me, Opportunity’s legacy embodies the name she was given. This rover, along with its twin – Spirit – not only gave us a better understanding of the Martian landscape and its history of water, but significantly improved our knowledge about how to navigate on other planets – something that will help future robotic and human exploration of Mars.

Opportunity can arise when we least expect it, or it can be a product of hard work and preparation. In the case of the Mars Exploration Rovers, it’s both. NASA’s robot geologist duo, Spirit and Opportunity, landed on the Red Planet in 2004 with the goal of searching for clues of ancient water activity on Mars. While the missions were prepared down to the very last detail, the unexpected opportunity arose when both rovers exceeded their planned 90-day mission lifetimes by many years.

Spirit lasted 20 times longer than its original design and sent its final communication to Earth on March 22, 2010. Twenty times longer! That’s incredible. Even more impressive is that Opportunity continued to operate for more than 14 years after landing on the Red Planet. Eventually, all missions operations come to an end and their legacy is used as a foundation for future missions of exploration.

As we reflect on Opportunity’s legacy, I’m reminded of my fondest memory of its mission – its first encounter with Mars. I was a professor at the time and was so excited about the incredible feat humanity was about to attempt: bounce onto the Martian surface with the rover inside a landing craft protected by airbags. The week before landing, I showed my class an amazing animation of the intense landing that was ahead. I wanted them to realize how difficult this endeavor actually was.

The night of landing I was alone in my living room with a laptop watching the NASA livestream of the Space Flight Operations Facility. You could there was an eerie silence in the room – each person waiting, listening, hoping. You could almost feel their energy through the screen, and then…confirmation! The room busted at the seams with joy and tears of happiness and relief. Humanity just accomplished a nearly impossible feat and I am so thankful I was able to witness it in real time.

Last night, the team made their final attempt to contact the rover. I was in the room when the command was sent – this time felt much different than the last. There was a heavy feeling in the air, which was filled with many team members, some of which have spent a majority of their careers assisting this rover as it explored a planet more than 33 million miles away. The humans behind the robot. Secretly we were all wishing that Opportunity would suddenly wake up and ping us back. That did not happen, as we all expected.

Farewell, Oppy. Thank you for all the science.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/drthomasz/2019/02/13/a-lifetime-of-opportunity/


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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #257 on: 02/13/2019 09:44 pm »
Is it strange that I cried a little?

No you weren't the only one.

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Re: Opportunity rover updates and discussion
« Reply #258 on: 02/14/2019 05:21 am »
NASA Stops Trying to Wake Mars Opportunity After It Remains Silent


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Published on Feb 13, 2019

NASA has officially declared Mars Opportunity dead after trying to wake it for the last few months. The Rover exceeded its design in every way and set records for the distance it covered on another planet.



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« Reply #259 on: 02/14/2019 05:24 am »
NASA Shares Results Of Mars Exploration Rover From Jet Propulsion Laboratory | LIVE | TIME


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NASA shares the results of their Mars exploration rover from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.



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