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Mars Opportunity Rover sets off-world driving record

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2014 11:11 PM by AlexMuller

Having traveled a grand total of 25 miles over its historic mission, NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has taken the record for the greatest distance traveled on another planet. The rover, originally designed to travel around 1 km, massively exceeded its creators' expectations, and has now covered almost the distance of a marathon on its mission to unlock the secrets of Mars.

"Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world," stated John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager. "This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and was never designed for distance. But what is really important is not how many miles the rover has racked up, but how much exploration and discovery we have accomplished over that distance."
NASA's veteran rover broke the record on July 27th with a drive of 48 m (157 ft), stealing the record out from under its long-term lunar rival, the Lunokhod 2. The Russian rover had driven 24 miles (39 km) across the surface of the moon following a successful landing in 1972. Lunokhod 2 is however not entirely without accolades, as she still holds the record for most distance traveled on the lunar surface, having surpassed the manned Apollo era lunar rovers, the most successful of which traveled a still impressive 22.21 miles (35.74 km).

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-04
Great achievement for NASA's Mars Opportunity River. Big distance covered and a lot discoveries. It does not have to be better than the Russian rover to be successful Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-07
Wow! Great thkignni! JK Reply


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