A drive of 157 ft (forty eight meters) pushed opportunity simply over the 25-mile (40-kilometer) mark to make Martian history, NASA said, breaking the previous file held with the aid of the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.

"this is so top notch thinking about possibility changed into supposed to drive about one kilometer and was by no means designed for this distance," stated Mars Exploration Rover project manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "but what is clearly important isn't always how many miles the rover has racked up, however how a lot exploration and discovery we've got completed.

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opportunity first landed on Mars' Meridiani Planum in 2004, rapidly after its sister rover Spirit, which ceased operation four years in the past. In 2011, it began exploring Endeavour Crater.

need to possibility be able to maintain to the distance of a marathon - 26.2 miles - NASA says it'll attain its subsequent essential investigation site dubbed "Marathon Valley."

The Mars Exploration Rover project has made critical discoveries regarding water hobby on ancient mars, mainly the planet's ability to have fostered life.

a brand new NASA rover mission is deliberate for 2020.

The Soviet Lunokhod 2 set the previous distance report of 24.2 miles after touchdown inside the Earth's moon in 1973. It finished its historical pressure in less than five months, in line with NASA calculations based totally off of photos displaying the rover's tracks.