Curiosity Celebrates One Year On Mars
Happy anniversary, little guy!
On June 24 the Curiosity rover celebrated its first Martian year on the planet — 687 Earth days, to be exact.
Since its launch, its mission was to find a habitable environment — and it did!
So far Curiosity has traveled about eight kilometers.
The rover first drilled into a lakebed and found ingredients and conditions that could support microbial life.
Curiosity can even feed itself rock powder for its own internal analytical laboratories.
But the trek hasn’t been without some literal bumps.
The terrain has taken a bigger toll on the rover’s wheels, which the scientists are trying to understand and remedy with replicas back on Earth. That's led to some detours to avoid further problems.