Mars Rover Opportunity Commemorates 10 Years on Mars by Sending Home a Selfie


When the Mars Rover Opportunity landed on our planetary neighbor on January 25th, 2004 it was undertaking a three-month mission. Well, it’s a full decade later and the little guy is still alive and kickin’ (in a robotic kind of way).

And what better way to celebrate that achievement then by taking a good ol’ fashioned, 2014-like selfie?

The photograph — which was taken using the rover’s panoramic camera between January 3rd and 6th — was sent back to Earth three weeks ago when a wind storm helped remove some of the dust that has been accumulating on the rover’s solar panels.

To learn more about the picture or download your own high res JPEG or TIFF version of it, head over to NASA’s JPL website by clicking here.

(via APOD)

P.S. In their coverage of this particular photo, the folks over at Astronomy Photo of the Day dug up this particularly appropriate XKCD comic. Enjoy!


Image credits: Photograph courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State U.

  • Colin Peddle

    That comic makes me a little sad.

  • GG

    This brings to mind the proverb: When the wise man points at the moon the fool looks at the finger.

  • Daz

    wow that 10 year old camera is soo bad they need to upgrade to the latest version i cant see anything the DR is sooo bad.

  • AdminHarald

    Well-done comic!

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  • Sky

    They should really clean it up.
    NASA – next time mount a windscreen wiper on your rover!

  • Cesar Lopez

    That comic is inappropiate…make me wanna cry! :'(

  • Ryan

    An upgrade is a few billion dollars away. It’s good enough for analyzing rocks though, we didn’t send it to take magnificent landscape shots of the martian surface.