"I thought I could, I thought I could....."
It's been almost two years, and when the mission started, the scientists didn't even think it would make it, but Mars rover Opportunity has made it to Victoria Crater. It was a 9.2 kilometer (5.7 mile) journey to make it to the crater edge, and took about 21 months. Not bad for a little robot not expected to "live" more than 90 days!
Victoria Crater was plotted as the destination so that scientists could hopefully explore the geographical formations in this deep and wide crater, and continue their search for evidence of water. Dr. Steve Squyres of Cornell University, principal investigator for NASA's rovers says, "This is a geologist's dream come true."
Cindy Oda, a Mars rover mission manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, says, "We're so proud of Opportunity, the rover that 'takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'." Go Opportunity!!