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And NASA’s Opportunity Rover Completes 12 years on Mars

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NASA rover, Opportunity, a veteran of surviving the harsh Martian landscape has completed 12 years on Mars.

Image via NASA
Image via NASA

It’s now that most believed would limit its lifespan to months as it is showing its age. Opportunity moves at a turtle’s pace, and maybe slower now in its old age, but it keeps moving. Its joints ache and lock, two of its scientific instruments no longer work, and it suffers bouts of amnesia caused by faulty flash memory. In the past two years, it broke the record for the longest distance traveled on another planet.

Image via spaceflightinsider.com
Image via spaceflightinsider.com

Opportunity’s sibling, Spirit, landed weeks earlier and lasted six years.