Opportunity launched for Mars on July 7, 2003. Three days later, its twin rover named Spirit took off for the red planet. Both rovers were planned to explore the surface of Mars for 90 sols (92.5 days here on Earth). Spirit got stuck in 2009 and sent its last communication in March of 2010.
Opportunity? Opportunity just turned 13-years-old, and it’s still going. That’s an engineering marvel.
NASA celebrated the milestone with a super cheesy video that we here at TechnoBuffalo love. NASA compares Opportunity to a teenager as it enters its 13th year. Don’t worry, Opportunity, your parents will never really get you.
The clip is cheesy, but it gives a great look at what Opportunity does.
Happy birthday, Opportunity! Here’s to 13 more.