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Conditions May Finally Improve for Opportunity

Was pointing out, a month and a half ago, that three weeks had passed since the last contact with Opportunity and that the more time that passes, the greater the risk that the next report will indicate a failure. Yet the storm continued, so the lack of contact did not, and still does not, indicate […]

Three Weeks of Silence for Opportunity Under the Martian Dust Storm

Things look bleak, both literally and figuratively, for Opportunity. Of course, they have been for quite some time, the planet-encircling dust storm obviously making the rover’s solar panels unable to generate enough power to keep it awake, but what I find increasingly concerning now is the lack of any additional updates specifically about it in […]

Cassini’s End and Our Continued Great Failure… One of So Many…

Today, the Cassini mission has ended, the spacecraft diving into Saturn‘s atmosphere, transmitting its final observations almost in real time as its thrusters struggled to maintain its orientation for one final minute, before being overwhelmed. Once that happened, the probe would have started tumbling uncontrollably, being torn apart probably less than a minute later. The […]

New Horizons Finished Returning Pluto Flyby Data

According to yesterday’s announcement, on October 25 New Horizons finished returning all data gathered from the Pluto flyby. There will be one final verification, to make sure that everything really was received and without errors, but I’m not seeing anything to indicate any reason for concern. So, while it sure was a long wait and […]

Schiaparelli Crashed and (Possibly) Burned

Wasn’t sure whether to mention this on here these days or not, and if so exactly how to approach the matter, but the blog post by ESA Director General Jan Woerner was infuriating enough to make me make up my mind. I mean, seriously now? TGO needs to use aerobraking to settle into its long-term […]