Spirit Surpasses '70s Superstar
30 Aug 2007
(Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Legends never fall, but their records beckon to be broken. NASA's rover Spirit recently overtook the classic Viking 2 Lander's spot as the second-longest-lasting spacecraft on the surface of Mars: 1290 sols (martian days) and counting! Its twin Opportunity is climbing the charts, next up to take its place in the top three. But better watch out -- the next generation of rovers are designed to be "far out" and "super-charged," traveling much farther and lasting much longer. So, stay tuned for more fab feats to come!