Honouring And Remembering Opportunity’s Off-World Mars Record!

Honoring Opportunity’s great contribution to the exploration of Mars, an asteroid was named Opportunity: 39382 Opportunity.

The name was proposed by Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveldwho, along with Cornelis Johannes van Houten and Tom Gehrels, discovered the asteroid on September 24, 1960. Opportunitys lander is Challenger Memorial Station.

On July 28, 2014, it was announced that Opportunity, having traversed over 40 km (25 mi), had become the rover achieving the longest off-world distance, surpassing the previous record of 39 km (24 mi) on the Moon by Lunokhod 2.