NASA's Opportunity Rover Completes Marathon On Mars In Just Over 11 Years

March 26, 2015 10:41 AM

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NASA's Opportunity Rover Completes Marathon On Mars In Just Over 11 Years

Not content with exceeding its designated lifespan of three months by over a decade, NASA’s ageing Opportunity rover has set yet another record. The rover has now become the only man-made object to complete a marathon -- a distance of just over 26 miles -- on the surface of another celestial body.

The rover, which has been on the Martian surface since January 2004, completed a distance of 26.2 miles in 11 years and 2 months (or 3,968 Martian days), according to a statement released by NASA on Tuesday. The latest record comes less than a year after Opportunity surpassed the 24-mile distance co...

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