It Keeps Going, and Going, and Going . . .

Opportunity.

Just what is “opportunity?”

According to the dictionary, it is a straightforward word.

op·por·tu·ni·ty

/ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onitē/

Noun
  1. A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
  2. A chance for employment or promotion.
Synonyms
chance – occasion – opening – possibility – time

But events over the past decade have expanded the meaning of opportunity well beyond what is in the dictionary.  A new definition of “Opportunity” is the most incredible machine ever designed and built.

Opportunity is one of two rovers sent by NASA to Mars in 2003 for a 90-day mission exploring the surface of the red planet.  Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of Opportunity landing on Mars – and it just keeps getting its job done.

In fact, I’m told by friends at JPL that right now Opportunity’s continuing mission is more at risk from Congressional budget cuts than it is from mechanical failure.  Opportunity shows what we humans are able to do, given a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.

An article on Opportunity’s anniversary on the NASA web site is here (link).

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