NASA’s Mars Rover Set Longevity Record on the Red Planet

May 19 – Mars rover Opportunity set a longevity record as it attempts a marathon trek across dangerous terrain. Meanwhile, Spirit is in peril from the advancing Martian winter. Despite their troubles, both rovers remain in the hunt for new discoveries. The Opportunity rover surpassed the duration record set by NASA’s Viking 1 Lander of six years and 116 days operating on the surface of Mars. The effects of favorable weather on the red planet could also help the rovers generate more power.
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2010/may/HQ_10-117_Rover_Record.html

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