NASA’s Opportunity Mars Rover Sets Distance RecordMay 18th, 2013
NASA’s Opportunity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars since 2004. Having traveled 22.22 miles, the Opportunity has just surpassed the Apollo 17 Lunar Rover, which traveled 22.21 miles on the surface of the moon in 1972. Opportunity rover’s odometer just clicked over to 22.22 miles. The longest distance traveled by any extraterrestrial vehicle is still held by Russia’s Lunokhod 2, which traveled 23 miles on the moon in 1973, but Opportunity has surpassed the Apollo 17 Lunar Rover to become the longest traveled U.S.-built rover.
We covered the race to beat the Lunokhod 2 previously.