Happy Anniversary, Opportunity

Endeavour crater on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.
Endeavour crater on Mars, as seen earlier this month. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Eight years into her three-month mission, the robotic geologist Opportunity offers this view of her adopted home. This mosaic shows the view from the rim of the vast crater Endeavour, a point that is–amazingly–about 30 kilometers away from where Opportunity landed back in 2004. The Earth-based Mars explorers who sent Opportunity to the Red Planet never dreamed she’d last so long, travel so far, or discover so much. Learn more.

Update: here’s a short video from JPL:

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