NASA Curiosity Has Been On Mars For More Than 7 Years And Here Are Its 30 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.

Here’s how Curiosity looked 7 years ago and now

#1 Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

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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!

#2 Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

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#3 Sunset Sequence In Mars’ Gale Crater

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#4 Curiosity’s Dusty Selfie At Duluth

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#5 Curiosity’s Color View Of Martian Dune After Crossing It

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#6 First Sampling Hole In Mount Sharp

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#7 Martian Rock ‘Harrison’ In Color, Showing Crystals

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#8 Jake Matijevic Rock

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#9 Multiple Layers Of Mount Sharp

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#10 Curiosity Took Dozens Of Mast Cam Images To Complete This Mosaic Of A Petrified Sand Dune

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#11 Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

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#12 Wheel Scuff Mark At ‘Rocknest’

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#13 Getting To Know Mount Sharp

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#14 Outcrop In The Murray Buttes Region Of Lower Mount Sharp

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#15 Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

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#16 Having Reached The Base Of Mount Sharp, Curiosity Captured This Image Of Its Rocky Surroundings

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#17 View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At ‘Shaler’

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#18 Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply

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#19 Mars Rover Curiosity In ‘Buckskin’ Selfie

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#20 A Mudstone Rock Outcrop At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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#21 Curiosity Visited An Area Named “Fracture Town” Which Contains Many Pointed, Layered Rock Formations

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#22 Curiosity Arrived At This Active Sand Dune Named “Gobabeb”, Which Is Part Of A Larger Dune Field Known As “Bagnold”

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#23 Curiosity Rover’s View Of Alluring Martian Geology

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#24 Curiosity Self-Portrait At ‘Windjana’ Drilling Site

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#25 Curiosity Tracks In ‘Hidden Valley’ On Mars

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#26 Layers At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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#27 Focusing The 100-Millimeter Mastcam

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#28 Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

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#29 Resistant Features In ‘Pahrump Hills’ Outcrop

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#30 Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

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