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NASA's Spirit Rover Surpasses '70s Superstar, the Viking 2 Lander

Press Release From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2007

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Legends never fall, but their records beckon to be broken.

NASA's rover Spirit recently overtook the classic Viking 2 Lander's spot as the second-longest-lasting spacecraft on the surface of Mars: 1290 sols (martian days) and counting! Its twin Opportunity is climbing the charts, next up to take its place in the top three.

But better watch out -- the next generation of rovers are designed to be "far out" and "super-charged," traveling much farther and lasting much longer.

So, stay tuned for more fab feats to come!

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