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NASA Opportunity rover sets record for longest off-Earth driving

NASA Opportunity rover has set a record for the longest distance driven on another world.

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Shane McGlaun
Published Tue, Jul 29 2014 9:05 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

NASA has several spacecraft and rovers on and around Mars performing scientific studies of the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover has been on the surface of Mars since 2004 and recently set a record. Opportunity has set a record for the longest distance ever driven off the Earth.

NASA Opportunity rover sets record for longest off-Earth driving | TweakTown.com

Opportunity has been on the surface of the Red Planet for a decade and has driven 25 miles. The previous record for the most miles driven off-Earth was held by the Soviet Union Lunokhod 2. The record was grabbed on July 27 as Opportunity drove 157 feet to reach 25.01 miles on the odometer.

If the rover continues to operate, it will reach its next major investigation site mission called Marathon Valley. Scientists want to study this area because they believe clay minerals are exposed close together at the site.

NEWS SOURCE:jpl.nasa.gov

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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