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NASA 2003: Mars Opportunity Rover By Derek Anderson, Joel Anderson, 2021


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Opportunity, also known as MER-B (Mars Exploration Rover – B) and nicknamed "Oppy," is a robotic rover that was active on Mars from 2004 until mid-2018. Launched on July 7, 2003, as part of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover program, it landed in Meridiani Planum on January 25, 2004, three weeks after its twin Spirit (MER-A) touched down on the other side of the planet. With a planned 90-sol duration of activity (slightly less than 92.5 Earth days), Spirit functioned until it got stuck in 2009 and ceased communications in 2010, while Opportunity was able to stay operational for 5111 sols after landing, maintaining its power and key systems through continual recharging of its batteries using solar power, and hibernating during events such as dust storms to save power. This careful operation allowed Opportunity to operate for 57 times its designed lifespan, exceeding the initial plan by 14 years, 46 days (in Earth time). By June 10, 2018, when it last contacted NASA, the rover had traveled a distance of 45.16 kilometers (28.06 miles). Mission highlights included the initial 90-sol mission, finding meteorites such as Heat Shield Rock (Meridiani Planum meteorite), and over two years of exploring and studying Victoria crater. The rover survived moderate dust storms and in 2011 reached Endeavour crater, which has been described as a “second landing site.” The Opportunity mission is considered one of NASA's most successful ventures. Due to the planetary 2018 dust storm on Mars, Opportunity ceased communications on June 10 and entered hibernation on June 12, 2018. It was hoped it would reboot once the weather cleared, but it did not, suggesting either a catastrophic failure or that a layer of dust had covered its solar panels. NASA hoped to re-establish contact with the rover, citing a windy period that could potentially clean off its solar panels. On February 13, 2019, NASA officials declared that the Opportunity mission was complete, after the spacecraft had failed to respond to over 1,000 signals sent since August 2018. To celebrate these historic achievements, Anderson Design Group has rendered this classic Space Travel Poster design. This retro-styled interstellar illustration will look great as an art print, notecard, postcard, metal sign, canvas, or mini canvas. To learn more about space travel and what the next big space adventure plans are, check out the official website for NASA. Mission highlights included the initial 90-sol mission, finding meteorites such as Heat Shield Rock (Meridiani Planum meteorite), and over two years of exploring and studying Victoria crater. The rover survived moderate dust storms and in 2011 reached Endeavour crater, which has been described as a "second landing site." The Opportunity mission is considered one of NASA's most successful ventures. Due to the planetary 2018 dust storm on Mars, Opportunity ceased communications on June 10 and entered hibernation on June 12, 2018. It was hoped it would reboot once the weather cleared, but it did not, suggesting either a catastrophic failure or that a layer of dust had covered its solar panels. NASA hoped to re-establish contact with the rover, citing a windy period that could potentially clean off its solar panels. On February 13, 2019, NASA officials declared that the Opportunity mission was complete, after the spacecraft had failed to respond to over 1,000 signals sent since August 2018. Anderson Design Group has rendered this classic Space Travel Poster design to celebrate NASA's historic achievements. This detailed illustration will look great as an art print, notecard, postcard, metal sign, canvas, or mini canvas.

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    • Available in mocha brown, warm gray, and black
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    • No mat is included, just the frame and your fantastic poster choice
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    • Ships ready-to-hang with attached metal wire and a wall hanger accessory
    • Includes a classy cream-colored mat
    • 11x14" print—total frame size is 18x22"
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    • Available in mocha brown, warm gray, and black
    • Ships ready-to-hang with attached metal wire and a wall hanger accessory
    • Includes a supreme combination of cream and mocha-colored mat layers
    • 11x14" print—total frame size is 20x24"
    • 18x24" print—total frame size is 28x34"
    • 24x32" print—total frame size is 34x42"

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