Do you all remember those two little rovers that landed on Mars and thrilled the people of this world with their wanderings around our sister planet and the awesome pictures that they sent back? Well, Opportunity is still running around up there. In fact, on June 1st of this year, it has traveled 50 times the distance originally planned for the mission. This rover, Opportunity, and its twin, Spirit, completed their three-month prime missions on Mars in April 2004. We have lost contact with Spirit but Opportunity just keeps on ticking, like the Energizer Bunny.
Here is a picture that the rover took on May 12, 2011 of a small impact creator. By the way, it was taken on the 2594th Martian day of the rovers work on Mars.
How soon we seem to forget the great feats of modern science. They seem to become ho-hum everyday projects. To me, a little rover running around on a planet with a very harsh environment for over seven years and still being able to take such great pictures and still beings able to communicate with us on Earth, is amazing and a wonderful technological feat. I don’t think any of the vehicles that I have ever owned would be able to stand up to such a harsh environment and still function as designed. We, the United States, have been the leader in space technology, but that may soon be coming to an end.
You all have a great day and keep chugging on like that little Mars rover.