Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
Mars Rover Opportunity is STILL Roving!
by Elizabeth Rusch
August 7, 2012
Mars Rover Opportunity is STILL Roving!
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When I started writing The Mighty Mars Rovers, which was published June 2012, Spirit and Opportunity had defied all expectations and survived a full year past their expected three-month mission.  Now, Opportunity, the little rover that could, is in its NINTH YEAR of exploring Mars. It has survived FIVE brutal Martian winters and is exploring a huge crater called Endeavor.  Here is a great short video on Opportunity’s eight years exploring Mars.

And here’s where you can get updates on the amazing rover’s newest adventures and discoveries.

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About Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity was her first book for the Scientists in the Field series, followed by Eruption! – about vulcanologists – scientists who study volcanoes--and her newest book, The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans. You can visit Liz online at    


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