Spirit and Oppy

My first children’s book, Spirit and Oppy is here! I can’t wait for you to see the beautiful illustrations by Samantha Gottwalt!

Spirit and Oppy
By Rachel Vinciguerra, Illustrated by Samantha Gottwalt
Vinci Press, February 2021

Oppy is the affectionate nickname of one of NASA’s twin Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The sisters traveled to Mars in 2003 and explored the surface sending measurements and photographs back to Earth. This is the story of all they learned.

The robot rover sisters were determined, patient, and persistent! Their mission was only meant to last 90 days, but they explored the planet for over 15 years. They shared all they learned with scientists on Earth, right up until the very last day of their mission.

You can order your copy today wherever books are sold including your favorite local bookstore (here in Pittsburgh there’s White Whale, Tiny Bookstore, City of Asylum, and Riverstone Bookstore), Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookshop.org, or right here by filling out the request form below to order directly from me.


Reviews for Spirit and Oppy:

Thank you for writing this wonderful book! My daughter read every word and there a few “woah!”s as she learned about these marvelous rovers. She was even more excited to find out in the end that it’s a true story and we’re going to watch Perseverance land tomorrow. Thank you for passing on your childhood spark to my kiddo


I am in LOVE with how you integrated science, history and girl power. I can’t wait to read it to a future class!

Beta-Reader and Educator