NASA's Opportunity rover today breaks the "longevity record" for operating on the surface of Mars, passing the six years and 116 days set by the agency's Viking 1 Lander. Opportunity arrived on the Red Planet on 24 January 2004. Its twin Spirit arrived three weeks earlier, but has been silent since 22 March this year after …
It will break it's own record, with 117 days...
These rovers have been one of the most amazing things NASA has done in recent years and in my opinion should be followed up. Not with the "nuclear tank" that's being prepared at the moment but more of the same type of rover - damn, it works!
NASA should commision something like a dozen more of these, perhaps with different equipment fits for different locations but keeping the basic chassis and landing system.
This would be an excellent way to explore the red planent and would save millions.
... but no spiders?
Can't believe they're still working. They clearly didn't have enough features.
This is a truly fantastic achievement. Well done NASA - my schoolboy dreams of seeing the Red Planet get ever closer to fruition.
The size of the rovers and the cost if NASA had originally given the brief saying they must survive 6 years on Mars. Sounds like they got a bargain.
...sounds like they need to rename Opportunity 'Fucking Awesome'. I wonder if the engineers and operators have been getting bonuses?
Well, at least they get to keep their jobs...
That's very impressive indeed. And clearly a sign that the correct threads were chosen for all bolts and fixings.
... lets hope it survives the 2 years 4 months it'll take to get to the edge of Endeavour at its current rate.
I can just see the cake they'll bring in if they hit 100ft/day...
Just images taken from next door to the fake moon landing site at area 51
It was really Mars these pictures were taken from, then we'd be able to see the native martian population.... after all... one comments on here nearly every day
I'll raise you your xkcd link, and match it with an onion link.
....Bugs Bunny popping up, carrot in mouth, saying:
"Hey, this ain't Pismo Beach, I must have made a wrong turn at Albuquerque"....
may be effing awesome but I would like to raise a glass for Spirit...for I wish her all the best