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Opportunity Rover Celebrates 10th Anniversary Since Arrival on Mars

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was given a 90-day life expectancy; she is currently in her 10th year of Martian exploration. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Less than a year after it broke the record for the farthest-driven NASA vehicle on an alien world, the Mars Exploration Rover-B—better known as “Opportunity”—tomorrow celebrates the 10th anniversary of [...]

Mars Rover Opportunity Halfway to Next Destination

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is halfway to its next destination, Solander Point. Photo Credit: NASA / JPL

Since August 2011, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been exploring the rim of a 14-mile-wide crater called Endeavour that is geologically very distinct from anything the robot craft had previously encountered. Ancient rocks and clay [...]

40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 4 – “We Shall Return”

The fragility of Earth hangs like a Christmas bauble in the black sky above Taurus-Littrow. Together with Old Glory—earlier planted by Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt—it offered one of the few aspects of colour in this uniformly grey landscape. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago, this month, the ethereal stillness and silence of ages [...]

40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 3 - End of the Beginning

In the final manned flight of a Saturn V—and the behemoth rocket’s only nocturnal launch—the astronauts of Apollo 17 roar into low-Earth orbit in the opening minutes of 7 December 1972. The astonishing event turned night into day for hundreds of miles. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years ago, this month, two human explorers bounced [...]

40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 2 – Unpicking the Men

Forty years after Apollo 17, Jack Schmitt remains the only professional geologist to practice his art on another world. Pictured in this view with Old Glory at Taurus-Littrow, he is backdropped by the two celestial bodies upon which he had based his entire career: the Moon and the Earth. Photo Credit: NASA

Forty years [...]

40 Years Since Apollo 17: Part 1 – Picking the Men

Standing near a huge boulder, overlooking the scenic grandeur of the Taurus-Littrow valley, Jack Schmitt became the first – and so far only – professional geologist to visit another world. His selection as a member of the Apollo 17 crew came at the end of a long and difficult process, which saw him overlooked [...]