NASA’s Opportunity rover sets space driving record

Posted by Alex Grantz on Sunday, May 19th, 2013 @ 9:46 am EST

NASA’s incredible Opportunity rover has set another milestone. It has now traveled the farthest distance of any American vehicle on an extra terrestrial surface. It has covered a distance of 22.22 miles on the surface of Mars, which eclipses the record set by the Apollo 17 astronauts¬†Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt over 40 years ago. Opportunity was supposed to last only 90 days and has now been operating successfully on Mars for over 9 years! It will be interesting to see how far Curiosity can make it. Let’s hope it is as successful as the plucky Opportunity rover!


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