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Let’s Not Forget the Mars Opportunity Rover

Most of us know about the latest Rover to land on the Red planet called Mars—Curiosity. But did you know that since January 2004 NASA’s Mars Rover called Opportunity has traversed the Martian landscape a distance of 26.661 miles, just a little more than the distance of a full marathon run. The Rover reached this distance on March 24, 2015 and is still going strong. Check out the following slideshow of images about Opportunity by clicking on the image below showing the full marathon path and it’s trip across Mars in the past 11 years as well as some information regarding the extremely well designed equipment that make exploration of the Red Planet possible.

Mars Opportunity Rover traveled this full marathon distance on Mars to date (Image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Mars Opportunity Rover traveled this full marathon distance on Mars to date (Image Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

2 comments on “Let’s Not Forget the Mars Opportunity Rover

  1. eafpres
    April 22, 2015

    @Steve–thanks for posting this.  I was unaware, to my embarassment, of the connection between Opportunity and 9/11.  My favorite image is #13, Marathon Valley.  Could be Utah.

  2. etnapowers
    April 27, 2015

    Steve, I like the idea of the slideshow, that make the engineers able to appreciate the potential of the aerospace segment of electronics to the open space explorations.

    I fully agree with Blaine, it's a great blog.

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