It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: seven years ago, the Mars Exploration Rover “Opportunity” landed on Mars.
Seven years. And the rover, which was, famously, meant to last 90 days, is Still Working, still driving across Mars, still making discoveries, still conducting amazing science and still taking beautiful photographs.
I’ve already written at length… several times… about how important the rovers are to me and how much their missions have affected me, so I won’t go down that road again. All I’ll say is a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in the incredibly succesful MER mission, and wish them all the best for the future. Spirit is still stuck and still not talking to us. Oppy is resting at Santa Maria crater before hitting the accelerator and heading for the hills of Endeavour. Uncertain, exciting, dangerous and challenging times lay ahead for both rovers. We can only wait and see what happens.
In the meantime, I’d like to say another thank you, this time to my great friend “AstroO” from the unmannedspaceflight.com forum, who has turned my latest poem into a quite beautiful poster to celebrate Oppy’s seventh anniversary. You can find it on his blog, here: http://astro0.wordpress.com/mer7
A fantastic image, and a great birthday present too! 🙂