The Big Think

June 10, 2013

The Little Rover that Could

Filed under: Science,Space,Technology — jasony @ 1:36 pm

The Opportunity Mars Rover Just Won’t Die – Popular Mechanics: “The rover rolls its way across a barren red sea. It has just finished a geologic survey of Mars’s massive Endeavor crater–finding more proof of the planet’s watery past–and already has its eyes set on the next landmark.

No, this isn’t Curiosity, the $2.5 billion dollar extra-planetary playboy that landed last August. This is Opportunity, its older, meeker, and pared-down cousin. By most measurements, Opportunity is less impressive. Well, with one exception: It will not die.

Opportunity is just a month shy of its 10-year launch anniversary, and the rover is still active.”

Good engineering, that.

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