opportunity

The long (4 km per Earth year) drive

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet…


A good sweep

Late afternoon lighting produced a dramatic shadow of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity photographed by the rover’s rear hazard-avoidance camera on March 20, 2014. The shadow falls across a slope called the McClure-Beverlin Escarpment on…


Almost ten years, and still going strong on Mars

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity observed this outcrop on the “Murray Ridge” portion of the rim of Endeavour Crater as the rover approached the 10th anniversary of its landing on Mars. Opportunity used its Panoramic…


One Opportunity after another

While Mars rover MSL Curiosity is stealing the spotlights, Mars Rover Opportunity, nicknamed “Oppy”, is still roaming around. She is now – over 3333 Martian days on the planet, heading for the slope of a…


Row, row, row, your rover

A few weeks ago, a press release from the Opportunity mission celebrated Opportunity’s surpassing of the previous NASA off-world driving record. That record was set in December 1972 by the Apollo 17 astronauts aboard their…


Cough. Said Oppy.

These two images, taken five Martian days (sols) apart by the front hazard-avoidance camera on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, document the Martian sky above the rover’s Endeavour Crater location becoming dustier. The image on…


Spotting Oppy from above

Endeavour Crater is a large impact crater formed on Mars billions of years ago. Erosion and burial have filled in the depression and reduced the rim to a broken-up ring of hills made of rock…