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Emily LakdawallaAugust 29, 2008

Opportunity's ready for a new adventure!

It's official: Opportunity is out of Victoria. A news release from JPL stated today that Opportunity has, as of late yesterday (sol 1,634), exited Victoria crater. Opportunity has been inside Victoria since sol 1,293 (September 13, 2007), nearly one year ago. On sol 1,291, Opportunity had performed a "toe dip" into the crater, driving a bit into it and then back out, to make sure it would be able to exit the same way it had entered. So, 341 sols later -- just about an Earth year! -- Opportunity did just that, following the path of its year-old tracks to climb out onto Meridiani Planum once again.

As it's almost the end of the month, you should be on the lookout for a new story on our homepage from A. J. S. Rayl on the status of the rovers -- and what adventures are planned next for Opportunity.

Read more: Opportunity, mission status, Mars Exploration Rovers

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