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Three and a Half Months of Silence, But at Least We See Opportunity Again

It is now over three and a half months since the last contact with Opportunity, but at least the dust storm has cleared enough to allow us to see her again, albeit as just a small dot that wouldn’t mean anything to anyone who wouldn’t know exactly what should be in just that spot. With […]

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 […]