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What a Rover Looks Like After a Decade on Mars

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Curiosity is the hip name in Mars-rovin, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Just yesterday Opportunity hit its ten-year anniversary on Mars—it left Earth ten years ago in July. Not bad for a mission intended to last a mere three (Earth) months. In celebration it sent back a selfie.

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This is how it looks to spend ten years crawling around in the Red Planet's dust. [JPL]

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Dr.Nemmo and his time-travelling submarine

Great technology: it can keep working after ten years on an alien planet, with solar panels covered in dust and with degrading batteries.

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