Space Driving Record Broken by Robot


Recently a new driving record was broken. It wasn't by a human and it didn't happen on the face of the earth. Give up on this brain teaser yet?

The record, which was for the greatest number of miles driven in outer space, was given to the Mars Exploration Rover. For those of you who don't remember the bot, it was launched by NASA in 2004 to help explore the surface of our nearest planetary neighbor. The bot has, over the years, covered a total of about 22 miles. That distance was confirmed by recently received telemetry pickup up by a NASA monitoring station.

While that may not sound like a lot of distance to you, the odds are good that you do more than that on you daily commute, it ousts the record set in 1972 by astronauts on the Apollo 17 mission. The human who previously held the record were named Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan who drove the Lunar Roving Vehicle for the mission about 19.3 nautical miles on the moon.

Source: The Atlantic
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