Mars rover Opportunity smashes offworld distance record held by Lunokhod 2

July 30, 2014 10:38 AM

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Opportunity, a Mars rover that landed on a mission to the Red Planet in 2004 scheduled to last 90 Martian days, is still operating 10 years later. This mission also breaks a distance record for offworld operation of a spacecraft, previously held by the Lunokhud 2, set four decades ago.

Opportunity, along with Spirit, was one of a pair of small rovers launched to Mars in 2003. Spirit ceased operations in March 2010, after six years of investigating the Red Planet.

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