NASA’s veteran Mars rover driving to new spot

2013-06-07T16:04:00Z 2013-08-21T14:48:39Z NASA’s veteran Mars rover driving to new spotThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 07, 2013 4:04 pm  • 

LOS ANGELES — NASA’s Opportunity rover is rolling across the Martian surface again, leaving behind a clay-rich rock in search of more discoveries.

Mission managers said Friday that the plan calls for arriving at its new destination — 1ƒ miles to the south — by August so that the solar-powered rover can be in a favorable spot before the next Martian winter.

Opportunity has been exploring Endeavour Crater since 2011. It’s the largest of five craters examined by the six-wheel rover so far and contains some of the oldest deposits dating back to the first billion years of Mars’ history.

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