NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars silenced by intense dust storm. Scientists are 'very concerned'

One of NASA’s robot rovers on Mars has been silenced as a massive dust storm roars across the Martian surface. With its power source — the sun — obscured, the rover Opportunity, “has gone to sleep,” said John Callas, project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

     

 

 


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Massive Martian dust storm threatens plucky NASA rover

Massive Martian dust storm threatens plucky NASA roverBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An immense dust storm that may soon encircle Mars is threatening one of NASA’s rovers on the planet’s surface, with the vehicle becoming dormant and unresponsive at a site called Perseverance Valley, U.S. space agency officials said on Wednesday. The officials, however, expressed optimism that the Opportunity rover, which was built to operate for three months but has thrived on Mars since January 2004, will be able to survive and continue its scientific mission. John Callas, Opportunity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, said the solar-powered rover, with the sun blotted out by an intensifying dust storm already engulfing a quarter of Mars, is no longer responding to commands.


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Curiosity rover's findings on Mars' organic molecules offer tantalizing clues in the search for life on the planet

  1. Curiosity rover’s findings on Mars’ organic molecules offer tantalizing clues in the search for life on the planet  Los Angeles Times
  2. Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient ‘Building Blocks for Life’ on Mars  Space.com
  3. Mars rover Curiosity’s new findings hailed as ‘breakthroughs in astrobiology’  NBCNews.com
  4. Fingerprints of Martian Life  Air & Space Magazine
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NASA's Mars rover drills up most complex organic matter yet

NASA's Mars rover drills up most complex organic matter yetIn a breakthrough for the hunt for life on Mars, a NASA robot has detected the most complex organic matter yet from 3.5 billion-year-old rocks on the surface of the Red Planet, scientists said Thursday. The unmanned Curiosity rover has also found increasing evidence for seasonal variations of methane on Mars, indicating the source of the gas is likely the planet itself, or possibly its subsurface water. While not direct evidence of life, the compounds drilled from Mars’ Gale Crater are the most diverse array ever drilled from the surface of the planet since the robotic vehicle landed in 2012, experts say.


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NASA rover data shows Mars had the ingredients needed for life

NASA rover data shows Mars had the ingredients needed for lifeA NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth’s neighbor may have harbored life. Three different types of organic molecules were discovered when the rover dug just 2 inches (5 cm) into roughly 3.5 billion-year-old mudstone, a fine-grained sedimentary rock, at Gale crater, apparently the site of a large lake when ancient Mars was warmer and wetter than the desolate planet it is today.


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Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient 'Building Blocks for Life' on Mars

  1. Curiosity Rover Finds Ancient ‘Building Blocks for Life’ on Mars  Space.com
  2. What has NASA found on Mars? Get set for major announcement  Fox News
  3. Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars  Ars Technica
  4. Organic matter preserved in 3-billion-year-old mudstones at Gale crater, Mars | Science  Science
  5. Newest NASA discoveries could boost search for ancient life on Mars  Washington Post
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Mars Curiosity rover's surprising finds from the Red Planet through the years

  1. Mars Curiosity rover’s surprising finds from the Red Planet through the years  Fox News
  2. NASA has new findings from Mars and will tell us in a live discussion June 7  CNET
  3. Nasa Mars conference LIVE: US Space agency to release major scientific findings from Curiosity Rover mission  Evening Standard
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