Opportunity passed the Apollo 17 moon buggy, which covered 22.21 miles back in 1972.
Only three poems will be selected to ride on the Maven orbiter, which is slated to launch in November.
Honorees include leaders in medicine and spaceflight.
The water may have arrived before the moon formed.
Curiosity should drill another rock within the next week or two.
Mission scientists want to confirm the exciting results from the rover's first drilling operation.
The nine-year-old robot has resumed science operations on the Red Planet.
The robot's handlers have prepared commands designed to get things back to normal.
Curiosity's month of freedom on the Red Planet is over.