Jim Bell

The night of Jan. 24, 2004: We had programmed the rover to obtain our first color Pancam "postcard" at the very end of the Sol 1 EDL s...

Jim Bell

Abigail Fraeman

One of my happy Oppy memories was when, after many long months of driving, we finally reached Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. I had be...

Abigail Fraeman

Heather Justice

Opportunity landed on Mars on my 16th birthday, and I never imagined that years later I would be fortunate enough to get to drive this rover mys...

Heather Justice

Thomas Zurbuchen

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ‘Opportunity’ as a favorable juncture of circumstances, or a good chance for advancement or progress. To me, ...

Thomas Zurbuchen

Sharon Laubach

When Opportunity first rolled off of the lander, I was her first Tactical Uplink Lead (TUL). My husband was TUL on Spirit; since the two rovers ...

Sharon Laubach

Doug Ellison

I had dreamed of Opportunity taking a blurry selfie using its fixed focus microscope for years, long before I joined the project. Sol 5000 was a...

Doug Ellison

Ray Arvidson

I missed Spirit's landing coming back overnight from the Big Island of Hawaii after doing field work with my 18 sophomore undergraduate students...

Ray Arvidson

Keri Bean

The team adopted a family of porgs (birds from Star Wars The Last Jedi) and we named after the PIs (Principal Investigators) of the mission. The...

Keri Bean

Paolo Belluta

As the rover driver responsible for the most kilometers ever driven on Mars, I imagine what Opportunity would say at the end of this incredible ...

Paolo Belluta

Fred Calef

My first commands sent to the Opportunity rover snapped a drive direction 3x1 image mosaic for navigation. There is nothing like receiving a Mar...

Fred Calef

Wendy Calvin

My first real "trial by fire" moment as Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) Chair came when we were investigating the inside of En...

Wendy Calvin

Barbara Cohen

I was delighted when Opportunity broke the record for off-Earth roving distance. I've been working with Spirit and Opportunity since 2005, but I...

Barbara Cohen

Larry Crumpler

Early in the mission, before we had landed, Steve Squyres said "If this is not the most exciting thing that you have done in your life, the...

Larry Crumpler

Emily Dean

One of my favorite memories from Opportunity's mission was the Moment in Time mosaic, taken as a submission to the New York Times Lens Blog Mome...

Emily Dean

Jia-Rui Cook

Spirit and Opportunity are the reason I ended up working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They were the subject of my first front-page featu...

Jia-Rui Cook

Timothy Glotch

As a graduate student, being able to work as a PDL for Mini-TES on Opportunity was the "opportunity" of a lifetime, and I remain to th...

Timothy Glotch

Zareh Gorjian

I can tell you exactly what I was thinking when that picture was taken. I was thinking that this object, created by hard working humans, will so...

Zareh Gorjian

Albert Haldemann

When I give public lectures about Mars, or present robotic exploration to 11 and 12 year olds, there is one thing I always try to talk about: be...

Albert Haldemann

Tanya Harrison

I was Pancam PDL the week we lost contact with Oppy. On the last sol of downlink, the Pancam tau (Sun) image we received looked like static on a...

Tanya Harrison

Ken Herkenhoff

Opportunity was lucky from the start, landing in Eagle Crater with a view of bedrock exposures around the crater rim. Early Microscopic Imager (...

Ken Herkenhoff

Jeff Johnson

A yellowish object measuring about 4 to 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) long made its debut when Opportunity took a mission success panoramic ima...

Jeff Johnson

Elizabeth Landau

When I was a reporter at CNN, I covered the "jelly doughnut" that the Opportunity rover found in early 2014. It was actually a white r...

Elizabeth Landau

Scott Maxwell

One of my (many!) personally meaningful Opportunity memories was the now largely forgotten embedding event at Jammerbugt, which I think happened...

Scott Maxwell

Kimberly Maxwell

Working on MER as a graduate student was what made me realize I wanted to pursue spacecraft operations as a career. The focus, dedication, and t...

Kimberly Maxwell

Elaina McCartney

During the years of Opportunity's mission exploring Mars, many thousands of stunning color Pancam images of the martian surface have been downli...

Elaina McCartney

Doug Ming

There are so many outstanding memories and stories for Spirit and Opportunity it is hard to single one out. I would say that the highlight of th...

Doug Ming

Jim Rice

I have so many great memories from roving and exploring the landscapes of Meridiani Planum with Opportunity for 15 years. However, I have to har...

Jim Rice

Lutz Richter

Witnessing the landing at JPL was absolutely thrilling. The science team first had been invited to attend a buffet dinner on the top floor of bu...

Lutz Richter

Nick Rossomando

On December 26, 2003, when I was just 11, I put together one of the LEGO models I got for Christmas: a cool-looking blue-green rocket with an od...

Nick Rossomando

Steve Ruff

The plains of Meridiani are noteworthy not only for their hematite "blueberries", but also for their lack of rocks, making this place ...

Steve Ruff

Kirsten Siebach

My favorite memory from working on Opportunity was when Opportunity finished driving one marathon distance on Mars and we celebrated by running ...

Kirsten Siebach

Pamela Smith

There was something truly wonderful when the Sun rose on Opportunity for the 5000th time. The view across Endeavour Crater was captured by Panca...

Pamela Smith

Vishnu Sridhar

In 2018, Opportunity celebrated its 14th birthday. As always, I was in the midst of presenting Opportunity's many important adventures on Mars d...

Vishnu Sridhar

Michael Staab

My favorite Oppy memory, although a bit somber, was the last week we were in contact with the spacecraft as the dust storm over Perseverance Val...

Michael Staab

Scott VanBommel

In January 2016 Opportunity discovered the target "Joseph Collin." It was bizarre and looked as if dark sand was oozing out of the Mar...

Scott VanBommel

Shawn Wright

Just 60 days (late March 2004) into the MER-B mission, it was amazing to find an unshocked shergottite "Bounce Rock" thrown to near Ea...

Shawn Wright

Edward Guinness

I have so many memories after fifteen years of working on the Opportunity mission that it is hard to pick among them. I spent many days working ...

Edward Guinness

Jennifer Herman

I remember when Ray Bradbury visited the MER team for MER's 5th Earth birthday on Mars.

Jennifer Herman

Gale Paulsen

I was a newcomer in 2007 when Opportunity was well into its mission at over 1000 sol's. I was excited to be a part of Mars operations. For me, m...

Gale Paulsen

Bekah Siegfriedt

As an 8th grader, I watched both Spirit and Opportunity land on Mars. I thought to myself "Wow! We have robots on another planet!" Bot...

Bekah Siegfriedt

Craig Leff

It's perhaps too easy to pick landing day as a key memory, but it was important for me because I wasn't supposed to be there. I had already been...

Craig Leff

Mike Seibert

Had Opportunity only lasted the 100 sols that Jake Matijevic predicted before launch, I would have never worked on the mission as I was still in...

Mike Seibert

Paolo de Souza

Some of my favourite images from Opportunity are those taken by the front hazcams showing her shadow. One of the best is from Sol180. It seems t...

Paolo de Souza

Scott McLennan

First, a fun anecdote. Early in the mission, while in Eagle Crater, John Grotzinger took the lead in designing the strategy for examining what w...

Scott McLennan

Bill Farrand

I have so many great memories from working with Opportunity! One that stands out from the early mission was after we went off of working from Ma...

Bill Farrand

Stephen Indyk

This image was taken by the front hazcam on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Surface System Test Bed (SSTB) at JPL. In the foreground the Rock ...

Stephen Indyk

Bill Nelson

In 2007, just as we were uplinking new flight software to Opportunity, the JPL network died. We couldn't move commands from the MER sequencing c...

Bill Nelson

Amitabha Ghosh

More than fifteen years of time on the mission is a lot to process. It is very hard to come up with a single event. It was the overall experienc...

Amitabha Ghosh

R Aileen Yingst

This little fragment of scoria represents my epiphany of what it means to try to conduct geology remotely. We weren't sure what this was ‚ every...

R Aileen Yingst

Joy Crisp

Having spent a lot of time in graduate school in the 80's making and studying thin sections of rocks in a microscope, one of my favorite things ...

Joy Crisp

Joel Hurowitz

Before entering Endurance Crater, there was a great deal of concern about how Opportunity would perform driving on its steep slopes. Bob Anderso...

Joel Hurowitz