Martian dunebuggy

PIA11750_modest I still get a major kick out of pictures like this.

In the 90 sols (Martian days) since leaving Victoria crater - seen here in the background - Opportunity has driven more than 1.1 miles, or about 1,800 meters, toward another geologically rich crater about seven miles distant. Having far exceeded its original mission time line, controllers emphasize that Opportunity may never make it.

The doughty craft and its twin, Spirit, have been on Mars for five years now.


Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech