Monthly Archives: February 2018

Opportunity on Sol 5000

Well… it was a safe bet that the MER team would mark Opportunity’s 5000th sol on Mars with something special, but we had no idea just how special a trick they had up their sleeves until late yesterday evening, when … Continue reading

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SOL 5000

At just after 1.20 this morning, I watched the date and time on the “Mars Clock” app tick-over from Sol 4999 23.59 to Sol 50000 00.00 and (after several practice attempts!) took this historic screen-grab… Look at that. She did … Continue reading

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Sol 5000… ALMOST there…!

Well, that’s annoying… I was expecting to be writing a post today celebrating Opportunity reaching 5000 sols on Mars – but the NASA MER website is wrong. Yes, read that again: The. NASA. MER. Website. Is. Wrong. Based on the … Continue reading

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One sol to go…

Look at that… look at that number… Sol 4999… that screen-grab was taken just a few hours ago off the official NASA MER website, and is confirmation that Opportunity is now just one day/sol away from marking her 5000th day … Continue reading

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Rolling towards Sol 5000

The latest images to come back from Opportunity are from Sol 4997. Now, I’m rubbish at maths but even I can work out that that means she is now just three days from reaching a HUGE milestone – her 5000th … Continue reading

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Have fun, Keri!

Today is a very special day for a very special person, who I know reads this blog. Today, after years and years of unbelievably hard work, JPL’s Keri Bean will become a Mars rover driver, and will take Opportunity’s wheel … Continue reading

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Oi! NASA! Not EVERYONE wants a global dust storm, thank you…!

I must admit I was more than a little narked the other day when I saw this rather breathless NASA post on Twitter… I read that and my first thought was “…but what about Opportunity????” ( You remember Opportunity, NASA? … Continue reading

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