Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record

July 30, 2014 3:17 AM

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Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record

According to a NASA report, the Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accumulating 25 miles of driving. The Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover held the previous record.

“Opportunity has driven farther than any other wheeled vehicle on another world,” said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “This is so remarkable considering Opportunity was intended to drive about one kilometer and w...

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