Conjunction season is over, and Opportunity is back to work

The flow of data from Mars has resumed. Mars passed through solar conjunction on February 4, meaning that all of the active spacecraft spent at least a couple of weeks in a period of very low activity. It’s not that Mars being in conjunction inherently represents any risk to the spacecraft; it’s just that if a spacecraft managed to get in trouble while doing routine operations, we wouldn’t have been able to help it by sending up any commands. ….


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