The Rover We Sent To Mars Is Now Older Than The Average Car In America

Want to feel old? Remember the Opportunity rover we sent to Mars? It was one of the solar-powered twins (along with the rover Spirit) that was sent to Mars back in 2004. Today is Opportunity’s birthday, and if it wasn’t a robot on another planet it could be ready for its Bat Mitzvah. Opportunity is 13. The average car in America is almost 12.

To celebrate the robot’s birthday, NASA/JPL made this charmingly dorky video that outlines all the ways Opportunity has become teenager-like, which mostly has to do with increased autonomy, overconfidence, and a compulsion to send pictures electronically at all times.

Most teenagers, though, are much worse at assessing the chemical content of minerals.

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Happy birthday, robot!

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