Click on the name or icon for each rover to enter 'story mode' to explore the rover's journey over time.
This map was a collaboration between Abigail Gleason, Kyle Roebling, and Daniel Fourquet. The map was created using Leaflet, JQuery, and Bootstrap. The rover basemaps were created using GDAL.
Small scale basemaps: OpenPlanetary.
High resolution satellite imagery: HiRISE.
Rover images and captions: Mars Exploration Rovers media gallery.
For nearly two decades NASA has explored the surface of Mars robotically using rovers, sending back amazing data and images to earth for further study. Using this map, you will learn about three of NASA's rovers - Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity - as you explore the surface of Mars from the comfort of your home on Earth.
Opportunity was one of two "exploration" rovers. It launched on July 8, 2003 and landed on Mars at Meridiani Planum on January 25, 2004. Opportunity broke the record for extraterrestrial travel in 2015, surpassing a 26 mile journey. Its mission finally ended in February 2019, when it lost contact with Earth for the last time after a dust storm.
Spirit was one of two "exploration" rovers. It launched on June 10, 2003, landing on Mars at Gusev Crater on January 4, 2004. Its mission ended on March 22, 2010 - 20 times longer than it was designed to last - after many remarkable findings.
Curiosity launched from Florida on November 26, 2011. It landed on Mars on August 5, 2012 and continues its journey there today. It was the heaviest rover sent to Mars and had a mission to discover whether past conditions on Mars could have harbored microbes. The rover is about the size of a car and carries 17 cameras, a 7-foot arm to collect samples, 10 scientific tools, a laser to vaporize, and a drill.