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Crossing the Finish Line

Crossing the Finish Line 

JPL employees show their support for the Opportunity rover's marathon-run on Mars, by running a marathon-length relay of their own on April 9, 2015. About 90 employees took part in the relay, which consisted of 22 (1.2-mile)-laps around the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is the first human-run enterprise to ever drive marathon distance on another planet.
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JPL Deputy Director Awards 'Bubba' Test Rover a Medal

JPL Deputy Director Awards 'Bubba' Test Rover a Medal 

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Rover Medal

Rover Medal 

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Taking a Selfie Before the Race

Taking a Selfie Before the Race 

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Getting Ready to Run

Getting Ready to Run 

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Mars Runner's Bib

Mars Runner's Bib 

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They're Off and Running!

They're Off and Running! 

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The Start of the Relay

The Start of the Relay 

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Off to the Races

Off to the Races 

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Running Past the Mars Yard

Running Past the Mars Yard 

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Relay Pass

Relay Pass 

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Setting the Pace

Setting the Pace 

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Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton 

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Success!

Success! 

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Getting it Done!

Getting it Done! 

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Marathon Team Picture

Marathon Team Picture 

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Marathon Organizers

Marathon Organizers 

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Team Opportunity

Team Opportunity 

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Team Victoria Crater

Team Victoria Crater 

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Team Dust Cleaning Event

Team Dust Cleaning Event 

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Team Spirit

Team Spirit 

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Team Eagle Crater

Team Eagle Crater 

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Team Endeavour Crater

Team Endeavour Crater 

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Team MIPL (Multi-Mission Instrument Processing Laboratory)

Team MIPL (Multi-Mission Instrument Processing Laboratory) 

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Team Endurance Crater

Team Endurance Crater 

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JPL employees show their support for the Opportunity rover's marathon-run on Mars, by running a marathon-length relay of their own on April 9, 2015. About 90 employees took part in the relay, which consisted of 22 (1.2 mile) laps around the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Eight teams of Earthlings took part, with such appropriate names as "Endeavor Crater" and "Eagle Crater", in keeping with milestones and locations in the rover's history on the Red Planet.

Here are some of the images taken while JPL runners celebrate the Mars marathon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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