This is old news in the space nut world but since I was just writing about Viking 1 I should write about the real one too. Viking 1 was in the Space news loop when on May 20th the Rover Opportunity passed the 28 year old record for longest running lander on an other planet. Viking one was working on Mars for 6 years and 116 days. Opportunity has surpassed that and if Spirit wakes up in the coming spring it will have passed that record too.
Viking 1, a mock up. Not the real martian back ground.
Opportunity. Real Mars back ground photoshopped in rover.
According to one web site both the Viking landers and the Mars rovers were expected to last 90 days. My question is when will JPL start building cars.