In July 2012, shortly before the exciting landing of NASA's newest and most sophisticated rover, Curiosity, inside Gale Crater, the MER team wanted to point out that almost-rolls-a-marathon-120719.htm">their veteran rover had almost rolled a marathon. It still hasn't quite reached the magic 26.2 mile mark (the official distance of a marathon), I thought it interesting to compare Opportunity's odometer with some other, more familiar distances.
So, in honor of Opportunity holding the NASA distance record, here are those distances, updated:
Opportunity has traveled...
...almost nine laps of the Daytona Motor Speedway NASCAR track (one lap = 2.5 miles)
...178 furlongs. Which is nearly five-times the distance a horse will run during the British Grand National.
...four-times the distance an active basketball player will run during a game.
...from the coast of South England to the coast of France across the Strait of Dover (21 miles), plus a short detour for a croissant.
...from my house to Hollywood (the scenic route - avoiding the 101 freeway).