As Spirit Fades Forever, Mars Opportunity Rover Reaches New Distance Milestone

As Spirit Fades Forever, Mars Opportunity Rover Reaches New Distance Milestone

Even as its twin goes dark, Opportunity soldiers on unabated: The plucky NASA Mars rover, on the planet for seven years now, just passed an impressive 30-kilometre milestone.

Next on its plate is the massive 22.5km-wide Endeavour crater, just three kilometres away.

The picture, while impressive, is not perfect. Cosmic rays have bombarded the rover more than usual lately and there is a power-related issue with the right front wheel. Nevertheless, the 3-month mission, now in year seven, has been incredible at every step of the way.

Is it too much to ask for another seven? [CNET]