Opportunity Rover Completes Mars Marathon
NASA's Opportunity - the little rover that could - has been wandering around the Martian landscape for a little over 11 of our years, and has just completed a literal travel marathon. The plucky prowler has traversed over 26 miles, the equivalent of a terrestrial marathon race and is the first time any vehicle from Earth has completed such a distance on another planet.
NASAThe long-lived rover surpassed the marathon mark during a drive of 153 feet (46.5 meters). Last year, Opportunity became the long-distance champion of all off-Earth vehicles when it topped the previous record set by the former Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 moon rover.
"This mission isn't about setting distance records, of course; it's about making scientific discoveries on Mars and inspiring future explorers to achieve even more," said Steve Squyres, Opportunity principal investigator at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. "Still, running a marathon on Mars feels pretty cool."