Big anniversary on Oppy’s horizon…

High above the huge Endeavour crater, Opportunity is still slowly and methodically exploring and surveying the upper slopes of Marathon Valley, taking close up images of the rocks and dust, pausing now and then in her work to lift her eyes from the ground and take in the magnificent view, which looks like this…

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It’s incredible to think that Opportunity has now been on Mars for almost a dozen years – yes, it’s true, she landed in January 2004. As the actual anniversary draws closer we’ll pay a proper tribute to her mission here, and look forward to what lies in the rover’s future. For now, though, just picture her standing proudly on the top of that crater wall, silhouetted against the orange sky, being fantastic, still, after all these years. 🙂

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