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Opportunity in Standby Mode

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 11:45 PM

Opportunity in Standby as Commanding Moratorium Ends


www.nasa.gov said:

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status Report

PASADENA, Calif. - During a moratorium on commanding this month while Mars passed nearly behind the sun - a phase called solar conjunction -- NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity entered a type of standby mode.

Mission controllers learned of the changed status on April 27 when they first heard from Opportunity after the period of minimized communication during the solar conjunction. They prepared fresh commands today (April 29) for sending to the rover to resume operations.

Initial indications suggest the rover sensed something amiss while doing a routine camera check of the clarity of the atmosphere on April 22.  

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:18 PM

Opportunity Exits Standby, Back at Work


www.nasa.gov said:

Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status Report

Update:
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project received confirmation from Mars this morning (May 1) that the Opportunity rover is back under ground control, executing a sequence of commands sent by the rover team. Opportunity is no longer in standby automode and has resumed normal operations.  

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