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One Month Later…

OK, be honest, hands up – who thought this blog was dead now that Oppy’s mission is over? No, no. I’ve just been super busy with writing, and work, and doing astronomy up in the dark sky wilds of Northumberland, … Continue reading

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“We Let You Go…”

  WE LET YOU GO So unjust, so unfair that in the end it was the dust that killed you, Not the natural wear and tear or honourable rust of old age. Everyone who loved you knew the Sol would … Continue reading

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(Almost) time to say goodbye…

  This is a very hard post to write. It’s one I’ve been dreading, for years, literally years, but there’s no putting it off any longer. Overnight last night the final, Final, FINAL ‘Wake up, please?’ commands were sent to … Continue reading

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Birthday Blues…

Last Thursday (24th) was my birthday – big number, don’t ask – but to be honest my mind was on a different anniversary: the following day, Friday, was another birthday of a kind – the 15th anniversary of Opportunity landing … Continue reading

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215 Days…

  It’s now been 215 days since Opportunity last made contact with Earth. In mid-June a raging dust storm enveloped Mars, cutting off her precious sunlight, plunging her into darkness and putting her to sleep. Since then the MER team … Continue reading

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A MER-RY MARTIAN CHRISTMAS

A MER-RY MARTIAN CHRISTMAS   “Yes I’m sure, I’ll be fine!” the Doctor sighed, rolling her eyes as her friend Yaz asked her for at least the tenth time if she was sure she didn’t want to join her and … Continue reading

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Ten years on the road…

Ten years ago – well, ten years and five days ago to be precise – I sat down to begin this blog. By that time Opportunity had already been on Mars for four years or so, and I’d walked by … Continue reading

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