NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after surpassing 25 miles of driving on the red planet since 2004. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union’s Lunokhod 2 rover, which explored the moon.
A drive of 157 feet July 27 put Opportunity’s odometer at 25.01 miles. This month’s driving brings the rover southward along the western rim of Endeavour Crater, which is 14 miles in diameter. Each day’s drive by Opportunity sets a new record for longest travel on wheels on a world other than Earth.