Jump to content




Welcome to Unexplained Mysteries! Please sign in or create an account to start posting and to access a host of extra features.


- - - - -

Opportunity embarks on 10th year on Mars


  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1    Saru

Saru

    Site Webmaster

  • 20,840 posts
  • Joined:06 Mar 2001
  • Gender:Male

  • "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." - Albert Einstein

Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:52 PM

Curiosity's smaller cousin has been trundling around on the Red Planet now for almost a decade.

IB Times said:

Even though itís a federal holiday on Monday, at least one government employee will still be working: the NASA rover Opportunity. The little robot, about to start its 10th year of exploring on Mars.

Posted Image Read more...



#2    Waspie_Dwarf

Waspie_Dwarf

    Space Cadet

  • 34,216 posts
  • Joined:03 Mar 2006
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bexleyheath, Kent, UK

  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

    Oscar Wilde

Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:24 PM

Not bad for a mission that was supposed to last 90 days.

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

Posted Image
Click on button

#3    Timonthy

Timonthy

    Placid

  • Member
  • 2,208 posts
  • Joined:30 Nov 2010
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Melbourne, Aust.

Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:35 PM

Just goes to show how so much effort is really worthwhile.

People may think it's overkill testing and designing everything over and over to the most minute detail, but this is testament to the work that has been done. So many things can go wrong, 10 years is a huge amount of time in those conditions.

Edit: Goodbye time.

Edited by Timonthy, 22 January 2013 - 01:41 PM.

Posted Image


#4    TheMolePatrol

TheMolePatrol

    Alien Embryo

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 55 posts
  • Joined:03 May 2012

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:24 PM

Impressive for solar panels on a dusty planet, I remember thinking 5 years was pretty neat

My religion is the Universe. So much is unknown, yet you can see it in plain view. If you need an explanation on why life might choose not to contact us, Google "zoo hypothesis"!

#5    pallidin

pallidin

    Omnipotent Entity

  • Member
  • 9,090 posts
  • Joined:09 Dec 2004
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Somewhere south of the North Pole

  • "When life gets you down... swim with a dolphin"

Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:32 PM

Yeah, amazing to be sure. Like was said previously, certainly speaks highly of the engineer's and other's involved.


#6    Waspie_Dwarf

Waspie_Dwarf

    Space Cadet

  • 34,216 posts
  • Joined:03 Mar 2006
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bexleyheath, Kent, UK

  • We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

    Oscar Wilde

Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year



www.nasa.gov said:

Posted Image

As NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity neared the ninth anniversary of its landing on Mars, the rover was working in the 'Matijevic Hill' area seen in this view from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam). Opportunity landed Jan. 24, 2004, PST (Jan. 25 UTC). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ.  › Full image and caption  › See image gallery



This image of an outcrop at the<br />
Opportunity's Pancam took the<br />
component images for this mosaic<br />
during the period from the mission's<br />
3,137th Martian day, or sol, (Nov. 19,<br />
2012) through Sol 3150 (Dec. 3, 2012).<br />
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/<br />
Arizona State Univ. <br />
<a href='http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/multimedia/pia16704.html' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>› Full image and caption</a>
This image of an outcrop at the
Opportunity's Pancam took the
component images for this mosaic
during the period from the mission's
3,137th Martian day, or sol, (Nov. 19,
2012) through Sol 3150 (Dec. 3, 2012).
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/
Arizona State Univ.
› Full image and caption
PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently examining veined rocks on the rim of an ancient crater.

Opportunity has driven 22.03 miles (35.46 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 24, 2004, PST (Jan. 25, Universal Time). Its original assignment was to keep working for three months, drive about 2,000 feet (600 meters) and provide the tools for researchers to investigate whether the area's environment had ever been wet. It landed in a backyard-size bowl, Eagle Crater. During those first three months, it transmitted back to Earth evidence that water long ago soaked the ground and flowed across the surface.

Since then, the mission's team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has driven Opportunity across the plains of Meridiani to successively larger craters for access to material naturally exposed from deeper, older layers of Martian history.

Opportunity has operated on Mars 36 times longer than the three months planned as its prime mission.

"What's most important is not how long it has lasted or even how far it has driven, but how much exploration and scientific discovery Opportunity has accomplished," said JPL's John Callas, manager of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project. The project has included both Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, which ceased operations in 2010.

This 360-degree stereo panorama assembled<br />
from images taken by the navigation<br />
camera on NASA's Mars Exporation Rover<br />
The image combines views from the left<br />
eye and right eye of the Pancam to appear<br />
three-dimensional when seen through blue-<br />
red glasses with the red lens on the left<br />
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/<br />
Arizona State Univ. <br />
<a href='http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/multimedia/pia16709.html' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>› Full image and caption</a>
This 360-degree stereo panorama assembled
from images taken by the navigation
camera on NASA's Mars Exporation Rover
The image combines views from the left
eye and right eye of the Pancam to appear
three-dimensional when seen through blue-
red glasses with the red lens on the left
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/
Arizona State Univ.
› Full image and caption
This month, Opportunity is using cameras on its mast and tools on its robotic arm to investigate outcrops on the rim of Endeavour Crater, 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter. Results from this area of the rim, called "Matijevic Hill," are providing information about a different, possibly older wet environment, less acidic than the conditions that left clues the rover found earlier in the mission.

Timed with the anniversary of the landing, the rover team has prepared a color panorama of the Matijevic Hill area. The image is online at: http://www.nasa.gov/...a/pia16703.html .

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL also manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project and its rover, Curiosity.

For more information about Opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/rovers and http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov . You can follow the project on Twitter and on Facebook at: http://twitter.com/MarsRovers and http://www.facebook.com/mars.rovers .








Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov

2013-030



Posted Image Source


Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 24 January 2013 - 10:55 PM.

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

Posted Image
Click on button




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users