29 Jan '13, 3pm

Opportunity Rover Begins Tenth (!) Year On Mars

Listen, NASA. We love you, but you're setting an impossible precedent here. Opportunity, one of a pair of rovers sent to Mars in 2003, landed at Meridiani Planum nine years ago last week. Nine years ago . The warranty on this robot? A mere 90 days. You do the math on how amazing that is. Oh alright, we'll do the math for you: that's about 3,200 days, or over 36 times longer than Opportunity was promised to last. Imagine buying a car with a five year warranty that instead keeps on running for 180 years. And now imagine that it keeps running for 180 years with zero maintenance . Seriously, NASA is making the rest of the world look like a bunch of amateurs, because this incredible robot is still going and still doing valuable science. Curiosity may be bigger and fancier and laserier, but it's got some giant wheels to fill. So what's Opportunity been up to? The picture up at t...

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