Opportunity Mars Rover

Opportunity, also known as Mars Exploration Rover – B or MER-B, and nicknamed Oppy, is a robotic rover that was active on Mars from 2004 until mid-2018 as part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover program. It landed in 2004, three weeks after its twin Spirit (MER-A) touched down on the other side of the planet. With a planned 90-sol duration of activity (slightly less than 92.5 Earth days), Spirit functioned until it got stuck in 2009 and ceased communications in 2010, while Opportunity was able to stay operational for 5111 sols after landing, maintaining its power and key systems through continual recharging of its batteries using solar power, and hibernating during events such as dust storms to save power. This careful operation allowed Opportunity to operate for 57 times its designed lifespan. By June 10, 2018, when it last contacted NASA, the rover had traveled a distance of 45.16 kilometers (28.06 miles.