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LOOK: Opportunity rover celebrates 11 years on Mars with new photo

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NASA's Opportunity rover has been on Mars for 11 years. Photo: NASA/JPL NASA's Opportunity rover has been on Mars for 11 years. Photo: NASA/JPL
The full panoramic view taken from Cape Tribulation. Photo: NASA/JPL The full panoramic view taken from Cape Tribulation. Photo: NASA/JPL
KHQ.com - NASA's rover Opportunity first landed on Mars on January 24, 2004 and 11 years later it's still going strong.


It first landed on the Red Planet along with another rover, Spirit, to search for past water on the planet's surface. Spirit stopped was pronounced dead in 2011, but Opportunity just keeps rolling.


Earlier this month, the robot crested a ridge on the planet known as Cape Tribulation. While at the summit, it snapped a number of photos with its on-board camera, and NASA has pieced together those photos into a beautiful panoramic view that it released Thursday to celebrate Opportunity's 11-year mission.


But the rover is still roving. NASA officials say its headed to a spot they're calling Marathon Valley, because by the time the rover gets there it will have traveled 26.2 miles -- the equivalent of a marathon.

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