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Congratulations, Curiosity, you have survived and thrived for over nine years on another planet. NASA’s Oldest Mars rover captured a stunning 360-degree panoramic photo in early July It was launched by the space agency on Tuesday To celebrate the anniversary of the car in August.
Curiosity arrived at Gale Crater in early August 2012 and trekked alongside the 5-mile (8 km) Mount Sharp. The views of the «jumping rocks and rolling hills delight scientists,» NASA said.
very detailed The panorama in all its glory can be downloaded from NASA. It consists of 129 individual images stitched together. The sweeping view is wonderfully clear thanks to the winter at Gale Crater, at a time when the sky wasn’t clogged with dust.
NASA also shared a guided tour of the panorama that notes the highlights of the landscape, including the dark Martian sands and the far edge of the crater.
The image shows a transition zone between a clay-rich zone and a sulfate-bearing zone, an area with salty minerals. «Mountain layers in this area may reveal how the ancient environment within Gale Crater has dried up over time,» NASA said. Curiosity is looking at how habitable Mars was in the past.
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Curiosity traveled 16 miles (26 kilometers) and drilled 32 holes in its time on the surface of Mars. «Day of landing remains one of the happiest days of my career,» Curiosity project manager Megan Richardson said: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
As a curiosity sibling roverIn a different crater, the larger rover continues its exploration mission. Science advances, and the views are amazing.
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