Opportunity Rover's Record-Breaking Mars Drive, Mapped

The Opportunity rover landed on Mars way back in 2004. Now, NASA reports that it's clocked up 25.01 miles of driving on the Red Planet—setting a record for the longest distance a vehicle has driven outside Earth.

Opportunity snatches the titles from the previous best, the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover, which drove 24.2 miles on the moon in 1973. The nicest part of the story? Opportunity was only set to serve for a single year—so to still be going is an amazing achievement.

This map, and the full version below, shows the path it's taken so far. And no, it's not set to retire just yet: NASA engineers hope to at least reck up 26.2 miles, and reach what they've now called "Marathon Valley." Clever. Something tells us this tenacious little vehicle will manage it. [NASA]

Opportunity Rover's Record-Breaking Mars Drive, Mapped