The Opportunity of a Lifetime… on Mars! (Synopsis)

“In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it.”  John Archibald Wheeler

It’s been over a decade, nearly a hundred thousand turns of its wheels and an unprecedented journey that still continues. But finally, after all this time, the Mars Opportunity rover has arrived.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Not anyplace that isn’t just like something it’s seen hundreds of times before; this crater is run-of-the-mill if anything is. But after more than 10 years, Mars Opportunity has finally broken the distance record for a roving spacecraft of any type on a world other than our own!

Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech, via http://mars.nasa.gov/.
Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech, via http://mars.nasa.gov/.

Go take a look back at Opportunity, its story and its remarkable discoveries (and pictures) here.