Monday, May 30, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Opportunity embarks on 10th year on Mars


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


Image credit: NASA

 
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 itís a federal holiday on Monday, at least one government employee will still be working: the NASA rover Opportunity."

  View: Full article |  Source: IB Times

  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
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


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Kids in China climb 2,500ft cliff to school
5-30-2016
A school in southwest China is so inaccessible that pupils have to scale a huge cliff just to get there.
Should robots be taught how to feel pain ?
5-30-2016
Researchers from Germany are building an artificial nervous system that will enable robots to feel pain.
Russian family dines with a 7ft brown bear
5-30-2016
The Panteleenkos adopted their bear Stepan when he was just a cub and now they do everything together.
Building blocks of life found on comet 67P
5-29-2016
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made a significant new discovery within the atmosphere of its new home.
Other news in this category
Building blocks of life found on comet 67P
Posted 5-29-2016 | 6 comments
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made a significant new discovery within the atmosphere of its new home....
 
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
Posted 5-28-2016 | 14 comments
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time....
 
Scientists find evidence of tsunamis on Mars
Posted 5-20-2016 | 7 comments
New evidence has suggested that Mars may have once experienced frequent and destructive tidal waves....
 
Mars methane spike 'not a seasonal event'
Posted 5-18-2016 | 7 comments
A mysterious spike of methane picked up by the Curiosity rover two years ago has yet to reoccur....
 
NASA invests in eight new sci-fi technologies
Posted 5-16-2016 | 10 comments
The US space agency will be attempting to turn several more futuristic technology concepts into reality....
 
Dwarf planet is third largest in solar system
Posted 5-12-2016 | 14 comments
Despite being comparable in size to Pluto and Eris, this enigmatic world has yet to even be given a name....
 
NASA announces discovery of 1,284 exoplanets
Posted 5-10-2016 | 13 comments
The incredible new haul has more than doubled the total number of known extrasolar worlds to over 3,200....
 
NASA to make Kepler announcement tomorrow
Posted 5-9-2016 | 32 comments
The space agency will be revealing the latest findings of its Kepler Space Telescope tomorrow afternoon....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ