9 spectacular photos the Mars rover sent back to Earth
Living on the Red Planet for more than a decade, NASA's little machine has become quite the shutterbug.
This week marks the anniversary of when NASA's Opportunity Rover landed on the surface of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004. We've come a long way in the 12 years since, and a human-led mission to Mars is now on the horizon.
In the past year alone, NASA has unveiled a three-step plan for sending astronauts to Mars, asked for the public's help in designing Mars habitats and created an Iron Man-style robot to send to the planet. To help them with their Mars mission, the U.S. space agency has entered into a partnership with Israel, the same country that hosted an international space conference in October, where Mars was a hot topic.
Originally expected to last for only 90 days, the Opportunity Rover has been a veritable workhorse, sending more than 200,000 photos back to Earth to help NASA prepare for its next mission. We've curated some of our favorite snapshots from the galaxy's most prolific photographer.
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