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Opportunity embarks on 10th year on Mars


Posted on Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments


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Curiosity's smaller cousin has been trundling around on the Red Planet now for almost a decade.

Opportunity first arrived on Mars a few weeks after its twin 'Spirit' back in January 2004. Despite its mission being expected to last no more than 3 months, Opportunity is now about to enter its 10th year of operation on Mars. Spirit, by contrast, became immobile in 2009 and all communications with it ceased in 2010.

Through dust storms and freezing winters, Opportunity has traveled more than 22 miles and returned over 100,000 photographs during its adventures. As things stand there is no reason to believe that it won't continue to operate for several more years to come.

"Even though it’s a federal holiday on Monday, at least one government employee will still be working: the NASA rover Opportunity."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 22 January, 2013, 13:24
Not bad for a mission that was supposed to last 90 days.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Timonthy on 22 January, 2013, 13:35
Just goes to show how so much effort is really worthwhile. People may think it's overkill testing and designing everything over and over to the most minute detail, but this is testament to the work that has been done. So many things can go wrong, 10 years is a huge amount of time in those conditions. Edit: Goodbye time.
Comment icon #3 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 22 January, 2013, 17:24
Impressive for solar panels on a dusty planet, I remember thinking 5 years was pretty neat
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 22 January, 2013, 17:32
Yeah, amazing to be sure. Like was said previously, certainly speaks highly of the engineer's and other's involved.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 24 January, 2013, 19:29
NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year As NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity neared the ninth anniversary of its landing on Mars, the rover was working in the 'Matijevic Hill' area seen in this view from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam). Opportunity landed Jan. 24, 2004, PST (Jan. 25 UTC). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ. › Full image and caption › See image gallery http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/5159/720735mainpia1670443226.jpg PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned ... [More]


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