While 11 years is about how long my kids suggest it would take me to run a marathon, this marathon is entirely other-worldly. It’s taken NASA’s Opportunity rover this length of time to cover just over 26 miles. It may seem like an awfully long time to cover that short distance, but think of all the rest stops — for incredible scientific discovery — along the way.
Check out a time-lapse that compresses Opportunity’s incredible martian journey into a mere 8 minutes.
Video courtesy of NASA / JPL.