Opportunity Mars rover is probably dead after 15-year mission

Spacecraft destined for Mars keep getting larger and heavier. NASA's Curiosity rover is already nearly one tonne, but payloads will continue to increase, especially if humans become part of the equation. A new study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has examined the options for weightier missions in the five- to 20-ton payload range and found that, paradoxically, having heavy spacecraft make hypersonic nosedives into the Martian atmosphere can allow them to be slowed down more efficiently with better control... Continue Reading Nosedives would make for better landings on weighty Mars missions Category: Space Tags: Mars University of Illinois

Opportunity Mars rover is probably dead after 15-year mission

A huge dust storm in June 2018 left NASA unable to contact the Opportunity rover. Now the space agency is set to say goodbye to their epic Mars explorer

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Newscientist

NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Phys.org

MAVEN Mars orbiter goes low to support 2020 rover mission

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter is taking on a new job as it shifts into a lower orbit to act as a communications relay for the Mars 2020 mission slated ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Gizmag

Nosedives would make for better landings on weighty Mars missions

Spacecraft destined for Mars keep getting larger and heavier. NASA's Curiosity rover is already nearly one tonne, but payloads will continue to increase, especially if humans become part ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Gizmag

Opportunity did not answer NASA’s final call, and it’s now gone to us

It roved a staggering 45.16 kilometers across the red planet.

Wed 13 Feb 19 from Ars Technica

NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars - CNET

See what the rover saw. In 15 years on Mars, Oppy caught sight of meteorites, "blueberries," a "jelly doughnut" and other exotic rock formations.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

Opportunity's record-setting mission on Mars appears to have reached its end

Halfway up the slope of a crater on Mars lies a small robotic geologist that won’t wake up. The Smart car sized rover got caught in an epic dust storm that enveloped the Red Planet in June, ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from L.A. Times

NASA sets likely funeral for silent Mars Opportunity rover - CNET

The solar-powered rover hasn't called home since being swamped by a massive dust storm months ago.

Tue 12 Feb 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

Undisclosed investor reportedly in talks to revive Mars One

On Monday, court documents revealed that Mars One’s money had dried up. CEO Bas Lansdorp confirmed that the project to colonize the Red Planet and broadcast it as a reality show was bankrupt, ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Techspot

Video of Instagram Model Bitten by Wild Pig Goes Viral

A giant pig recently bit a fitness model at a beach, and the hilarious video is trending on Instagram. On Monday, fitness influencer Michelle Lewin posted the funny footage on her Instagram. ...

Tue 12 Feb 19 from Geek.com

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