NASA’s Opportunity has been on the surface of the Red Planet for a decade and has driven 25 miles. The previous record for the most miles driven off-Earth was held by the Soviet Union Lunokhod 2. The record was given to Opportunity on July 27 as it drove 157 feet to reach 25.01 miles on the odometer. Now for those who want to know the figures of speed and all that stuff, I’ve done it for you.
There are 365 days in a year, 365 x 10 is 3650.
There are 8765.81 hours in a year. 8761.81 x 10 is 87658.1
The rover has been on mars for a decade (roughly) and traveled 25 miles in this time.
The average speed in MPH is roughly, 0.0000000000000001mph. Pretty fast right!
If the rover continues of it’s current course it will reach a site scientists call marathon valley, this is a very important place as it’s where clay is believed to be exposed on the surface or the red planet.
Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information,
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