Monthly Archives: November 2011

Curiosity soars… Oppy keeps working…

Huge smiles – of happiness and relief – yesterday when NASA’s “next Mars rover”, Curiosity, finally blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre and headed for Mars. Delayed by two years, the launch of the Atlas rocket was flawless, and … Continue reading

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A good place to rest…

Oppy seems to be settling down at Turkey Haven for the long Thanksgiving weekend – a weekend which will also see (we hope!) the launch of “Curiosity”, the next-generation nuclear-powered, laser-toting, monster-wheeled, kick-ass┬áMars rover at the start of its own … Continue reading

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Is this “The Dagger” I see before me..?

Oppy seems to be settling down quite nicely at the stone-scattered, rubble-strewn rocky outcrop known as “Turkey Haven”, and new pictures taken by her forward-facing hazard cameras – or Hazcams – suggest she is preparing to do some studying of … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Havens…

The last time we checked in on Oppy she was continuing to make her way north, searching for a place to weather the winter after running over poor Homestake, wheels spinning in the dust┬álike a bank robber making a fast … Continue reading

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Ask the experts…

I think many of you will agree that one of the best things about the whole MER mission is the way that members of its science team have made themselves so accessible to members of the media and the public, … Continue reading

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Cape’s End in sight…

Oppy has now left Homestake far, far behind, and is making her way north at a respectable speed, looking for a place to spend the winter. The latest pics show she has moved to within sight of the farthest northerly … Continue reading

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Homestake in hit-and-run horror…

Martian Police are urgently seeking witnesses to a horrific hit and run incident which occurred on Cape York a couple of sols ago. Photographs taken at the scene suggest that the popular, light-toned feature known as “Homestake” was run over … Continue reading

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Farewell Homestake..?

New pictures sent back by Oppy suggest she has moved away from the light-toned vein of minerals known as “Homestake” and is now studying a broader, flatter area of similarly bright material a short distance away… That’s the view through … Continue reading

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Homestake in close-up…

Phew, a rather quieter day today; just a handful of new pictures came back, but they were goodies, and with a bit of work I was able to turn them into this… Some intriguing and fsacinating detail on the top … Continue reading

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Homestake hysteria!!!

Well, ok, not hysteria exactly, but rover fans, science bloggers and space journalists are all going quite nuts over the light-toned “vein” of rock which Oppy has found – and is now studying – on the north-western side of Cape … Continue reading

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