NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars on August 6, 2012, and just celebrated Mars’ 3,000 days in good science life on the red planet.
The so-called “sun” Tuesday is slightly longer than a day on Earth, clocking in just 24 hours and 39 minutes. For example, raw images taken by the rover are tagged with a Sol number, so images taken on the anniversary are tagged with “Sol 3000” as well as the relevant world date.
NASA marked the special occasion with the release of beautiful panoramas on Tuesday. This beautiful mosaic of Gale Crater on Mars shows part of Mount Sharp, a large central mountain within the crater. “Geologists were amazed to see a series of rocks ‘benches’ in the latest panoramic images from the mission,” NASA said in a statement.
A sweeping panorama made up of 122 images the rover took on November 18, 2020, which was Tuesday 2946.
Curiosity is currently headed for an area of the crater known as the Sulfates, such as gypsum and Epsom salts, often form around water as it evaporates, yet another clue that climate and livelihoods changed nearly 3 billion years ago. NASA said when describing the rover’s journey to this new area.
NASA’s only operational Mars rover will soon be joined on Earth by its next generation of siblings whenArrived in february A long-standing curiosity will continue its mission to study the ancient environment on the Red Planet.
This is the next 3,000 sols.
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