The Case Of The Mysterious Rock, Solved By The Opportunity Rover And Mars Orbiter

It’s been over ten years since the Opportunity rover landed on Mars and began its journey of scientific discovery. Amazingly, the little guy is still trucking along, gathering data for NASA. The Mars Orbiter recently had the chance to snap a photo of Opportunity using its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, in the hopes of solving a mystery involving… a rock.

What A Rover Looks Like After A Decade On Mars

Curiosity is the hip name in Mars-rovin, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Just yesterday Opportunity hit its 10-year anniversary on Mars — it left Earth 10 years ago in July. Not bad for a mission intended to last a mere three (Earth) months. In celebration it sent back a selfie.

It's Been A Full Decade Since We Landed The Spirit Rover On Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA’s Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionise our understanding of the Red Planet.

10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began A 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA’s Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly 10 years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong.

Mars Rover: There Was Drinkable Water On Mars

Opportunity, aka The Little Rover That Could, is still making important discoveries 10 years into its Martian jaunt. After the devastating loss of twin rover Spirit in 2011, Opportunity rallied and kept trekking, only to recently discover a fascinating rock near Endurance Crater.

NASA Discovers Mysterious Spheres On Mars

NASA claims that new mysterious spheres discovered by the Mars Opportunity rover are puzzling researchers to no end. According to Opportunity’s principal investigator, Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, “this is one of the most extraordinary pictures from the whole mission.”

Stop What You're Doing, Explore Mars Right Now

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk around on Mars? For 99.99999% of us, this may be as close as we ever get. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has given us the honour of taking the lid off of this awesome, interactive eye-candy. Basically it’s Google Earth, for Mars.

As Spirit Fades Forever, Mars Opportunity Rover Reaches New Distance Milestone

Even as its twin goes dark, Opportunity soldiers on unabated: The plucky NASA Mars rover, on the planet for seven years now, just passed an impressive 30-kilometre milestone.

The Last Dying View Of A Brave Mars Explorer

Years after the sad death of Phoenix, the Mars Rover Spirit has been officially declared dead too. Right before his demise, the brave little robot sent us his last view as his systems powered down forever. This is his last vision.

NASA Mars Spirit Rover Has Amnesia

We hadn’t visited the NASA Mars rovers in a while here at Gizmodo, so I thought I’d take a look today and see what they’re up to. Unfortunately, things could be better.