July 7, 2014 – 11th Anniversary of the Launch of the Mars Explorer Rover B (aka Opportunity)

AdminCadet: The following information came from the NASA History Office concerning the Mars Rover Opportunity.  Opportunity and its twin rover Spirit are still in operation on Mars sending back information to Earth after over ten years of operations.  This is a great example of a NASA success story…

NASA History Office: “On July 7, 2003, Mars Explorer Rover-B – popularly known as Opportunity – launched on a Delta 2 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 11:18 Eastern Daylight Time. Opportunity is a twin rover to Spirit, which had launched three weeks earlier in June of the same year. Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004, at a location called Meridiani Planum, about two degrees south of the Red Planet’s equator. Still operating (or “roving,” as its website says) today, Opportunity has returned 187,000 images to Earth and, as recently as June 24, 2014, is studying ridgelines along the rim of Mars’ Endeavor Crater.”

Learn more about Opportunity:
http://marsrover.nasa.gov/home/index.html

Opportunity’s crater inspection:
http://marsrover.nasa.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/20140624a.html

Opportunity Mars Explorer Rover B

Article Credit: NASA History Office – July 7, 2014;  Artwork Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – date unknown; Referenced web sites are managed by the California Institute of Technology / NASA-JPL.

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