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Opportunity rover marks 5,000 days on Mars

Posted on Saturday, 24 February, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

Opportunity has been trundling around on Mars for way over a decade. Image Credit: NASA
The remarkably resilient rover has managed to extend its original three-month mission to over 13 years.
Having launched three weeks after the Mars Spirit rover all the way back in 2003, Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004 and has been exploring the Martian surface ever since.

While it isn't unheard of for Mars rovers to last longer than the initially planned mission duration, Opportunity, which was originally only meant to last 90 days, is in a whole different league.

Its twin, Spirit, sadly became stuck back in 2009 and fell silent the following year.

According to NASA, Opportunity has so far covered 28 miles - not bad for a solar-powered rover the size of a go-kart with a maximum speed of around 5cm per second.

If all goes well, the plucky little rover will be exploring Mars for many more years to come.

Source: Extreme Tech | Comments (6)

Tags: Opportunity, Mars

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 February, 2018, 11:37
Long-Lived Mars Rover Opportunity Keeps Finding Surprises  
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin on 25 February, 2018, 0:05
Comment icon #3 Posted by Silver Surfer on 25 February, 2018, 1:31
Keep on truckin little guy!
Comment icon #4 Posted by L.A.T.1961 on 26 February, 2018, 16:08
Great achievement, It might also indicate that Mars has no hidden environmental hurdles to worry about for man made equipment to overcome ?   
Comment icon #5 Posted by mackbolin on 1 March, 2018, 2:26
is it possible to ask the whoever has been cleaning the solar panels to do a 5000 day check up.keep this little guy going for another 5000.
Comment icon #6 Posted by UFOwatcher on 7 March, 2018, 15:44
We sure got our money's worth on these Rovers.

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