Come next Wednesday, NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter will have worked longer at the Red Planet than any other spacecraft in history. If you’re keeping score, the Odyssey entered Mars’ orbit around Mars on Oct. 24, 2001. When it starts its 3,340th day on the job on Dec. 15, it will break the previous record for Martian career longevity record set by its predecessor, Mars Global Surveyor, which operated in orbit from Sept. 11, 1997, to Nov. 2, 2006, reports CBS and NASA JPL. The European Space Agency has more information on Mars today.
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