s31523 writes: The Mars rover Opportunity has beaten the original record of six years and 116 days operating on the surface of Mars, originally set by the Viking 1 Lander. While the Spirit rover has been on the surface even longer than the Opportunity by 3 weeks, it has been out of communication since March 22. If Spirit comes back online it will attain the new Martian surface longevity record. This feat, right on the heels of another longevity feat (Voyager 2 and twin on the verge of entering inter-stellar space and still kicking!) is healing some of NASA's past black-eyes. It is quite remarkable given the original spec of 90 days for the mission, and with the passing of the solstice warmer temperatures and more sun will likely mean the rover will continue on. God speed little rover, god speed.