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Opportunity – Twelve Years On Mars

If you’d been standing on the crushed cinnamon sands of the vast Meridiani Planum on Mars, a dozen years ago today, your eye would have been caught by a glint of silvery light in the huge butterscotch sky above you. … Continue reading

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Big anniversary on Oppy’s horizon…

High above the huge Endeavour crater, Opportunity is still slowly and methodically exploring and surveying the upper slopes of Marathon Valley, taking close up images of the rocks and dust, pausing now and then in her work to lift her … Continue reading

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Me and my shadow…

High above the wide open plains of Meridiani, at the summit of Cape Tribulation on the rim of ancient Endeavour Crater, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is busy exploring Marathon Valley. She is seeing some fascinating rock formations around and … Continue reading

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Roving ’round rugged rocks…

Opportunity is continuing her survey of “Marathon Valley”, high above the dune-rippled floor of Endeavour Crater. While I wait for a new batch of red, green and blue images to come back, here are the latest views of the side … Continue reading

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Oppy still exploring Marathon Valley

Just a quick note to reassure readers of the blog that, like Oppy herself, it is very much alive. If the lack of recent posts had left anyone worried that my commitment to either was flagging, I can assure you … Continue reading

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Opportunity – the REAL Martian…

Unless you’ve been living on Pluto for the past year, or locked in the dungeons of the ROSETTA mission’s OSIRIS camera team, you’ll have heard about “THE MARTIAN”, a blockbuster movie, made from a best-selling book which took the world … Continue reading

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Marathon Valley doesn’t disappoint…

Opportunity is now well into Marathon Valley, and sending back pictures every bit as beautiful as we hoped they would be. Leading down the slope into Endeavour Crater there are rocks, boulders and stones of all shapes and sizes strewn … Continue reading

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