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How Long Will the Curiosity Rover Last?

Curiosity’s 23-month-long mission is already approaching the 5-year-mark! How much longer can we hope it will last?

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Sources:

http://gizmodo.com/curiositys-wheels-are-falling-apart-and-how-we-can-sol-1626826935
https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/
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Images:

Broken tread on Curiosity’s wheels (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS): https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA21486
Curiosity self-portrait on Mars (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PIA19808-MarsCuriosityRover-AeolisMons-BuckskinRock-20150805.jpg
Opportunity: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Opportunity_in_Endurance_Crater.jpg
Voyager 2: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Voyager_2_on_closest_approach_to_Saturn.jpg
Curiosity Self-Portrait at ‘Big Sky’ Drilling Site: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Curiosity_Self-Portrait_at_%27Big_Sky%27_Drilling_Site.jpg
Mars Duststorm: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mars_duststorm.jpg
Windows BSOD: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Windows_XP_BSOD.png
Basaltic Rocks: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Basaltic_Rocks_in_Desert_in_Libya.jpg

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