NASA’s Curiosity Has Been On Mars For More Than 7 Years And Here Are Its 15 Best Photos

For us, mere mortals, Mars is a no man's land where survival seems like a distant dream. After all, no man has ever walked on its surface (as far as we know) and plans to send one to the red planet are only in the early stages of its development. However, humans have touched Mars through the durable wheels of Mars rovers. We've had 4 successful robotically operated Mars rovers (all of which were managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA) so far: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. 

As Opportunity's mission was declared complete on February 13, 2019, when NASA lost all contact with the vehicle, Curiosity became the lone survivor on the red planet, rolling over its surface to examine and explore the unknown land all by itself. The spacecraft first landed on Mars on August 6, 2012, and started carrying out its objectives throughout the years. In fact, Curiosity did its job so well and held on for so long that its original mission duration of 687 days was expanded indefinitely. 

1. Curiosity Took Dozens Of Mast Cam Images To Complete This Mosaic Of A Petrified Sand Dune

2. Curiosity's Dusty Selfie At Duluth

3. Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

4. Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

Curiosity is approaching its 8 year anniversary on Mars and while it is currently the only functional rover on the planet (after we all, unfortunately, had to say goodbye to Oppy), NASA has plans to send it some company in the shape of Mars 2020 rover. The 2020 mission is scheduled to start on 17 July to 5 August 2020 when the rocket carrying the rover will be launched. NASA also announced a student naming contest for the rover that was held in the fall of 2019. The final name will be announced in early March 2020, so we definitely have something to look forward to!

 5. Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

6. Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

7. Curiosity Rover's View Of Alluring Martian Geology

8. Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

9. View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At 'Shaler'

10. Jake Matijevic Rock

11. Martian Rock 'Harrison' In Color, Showing Crystals

12. Curiosity Visited An Area Named "Fracture Town" Which Contains Many Pointed, Layered Rock Formations

13. Having Reached The Base Of Mount Sharp, Curiosity Captured This Image Of Its Rocky Surroundings

14. Curiosity Arrived At This Active Sand Dune Named "Gobabeb", Which Is Part Of A Larger Dune Field Known As "Bagnold"

15. Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

Illustrated by:-Giedrė Vaičiulaitytė

NASA’s Curiosity Has Been On Mars For More Than 7 Years And Here Are Its 15 Best Photos NASA’s Curiosity Has Been On Mars For More Than 7 Years And Here Are Its 15 Best Photos Reviewed by Wikihub on February 05, 2020 Rating: 5

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