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]

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