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Incredible Journey: Opportunity Rover Reaches 5,000-Sol Milestone on Mars

20 Feb 2018, 00:59 UTC
Incredible Journey: Opportunity Rover Reaches 5,000-Sol Milestone on Mars NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Opportunity rover has just crossed another amazing threshold – passing the 5,000-sol mark on Mars. That is a phenomenal achievement, considering that the plucky little machine was designed for a hopeful lifetime of at least 90 sols (a sol is a Martian day, just slightly longer than an Earth day). To put it another way, Opportunity landed way back in January 2004, and the mission would be considered a great success if it lasted for several months in the harsh Martian climate. But now here it is 2018, and it is still going!

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