Opportunity has broken the record for the furthest distance driven by a NASA vehicle on another world.
The nine-year-old Mars rover has been trundling around on the surface of the Red Planet since 2004, journeying a total of 22.22 miles. The previous record holder was the Lunar Roving Vehicle that astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt drove on the Moon in 1972 as part of the Apollo 17 mission.
The overall international record holder for the furthest a vehicle has driven on another world however is still held by the Soviet Lunokhod 2 rover which traveled a distance of 23 miles across the lunar surface in 1973.
"The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity received confirmation in a transmission from Mars today that the rover drove 263 feet (80 meters) on Thursday, bringing Opportunity's total odometry since landing on Mars in January 2004 to 22."
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