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posted on 29 April 2015

Infographic Of The Day: Inside Opportunity's Record-Setting Marathon Drive On Mars

 After 11 years and 2 months, NASA's Opportunity rover has completed a record 26.2-mile (42.2 kilometers) drive across Mars.

Some highlights along the way:
1. EAGLE CRATER:
After landing, Opportunity found signs of acidic water in Mars’ ancient past.
 
2. ENDURANCE CRATER:
Rock layers indicated this area was wet only from time to time. Any microbes would have had a tough time surviving.
 
3. VICTORIA CRATER:
Findings at this site made scientists wonder: “Was the water of ancient Mars too salty for life?”
 
4. ENDEAVOUR CRATER:
Opportunity finally discovered signs of past water that would have been hospitable to life.
 
5. NEXT, MARATHON VALLEY:
Opportunity will explore clay that suggests Mars might have made a good habitat for life in the past.
 
A marathon is a traditional running event dating back to the legends of the ancient Greeks.

[click here to enlarge infographic]

Chart shows highlights of Opportunity's marathon drive.
Source SPACE.com: All about our solar system, outer space and exploration.

Source: http://www.space.com/28923-mars-marathon-opportunity-rover-infographic.html

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