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NASA'S Curiosity Rover celebrated its First Anniversary on Planet Mars

Nasa’s Curiosity rover celebrated its first anniversary on Mars on 6 August 2013.

Aug 7, 2013 15:51 IST
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Nasa’s Curiosity rover celebrated its first anniversary on Mars on 6 August 2013. Curiosity rover had landed on Mars one year ago o this date. It has already achieved its mission aim by discovering that Mars could have supported life.

The achievements of Curiosity rover are as following:
• Curiosity has travelled one mile and it has provided more than 190 gigabits of data and returned more than 36700 full images since the time of landing on Mars.
• Curiosity is about the size of a small car. It is also sending back information about its surroundings to inform future missions to Mars.
• The rover has travelled almost 700 metres in the past month since leaving an area of Mars where it has been analysing rocks for around six months.

It is now rolling along to its final destination, Mount Sharp where it will observe the lower layers of the mountain that towers over the centre of Gale Crater by almost three and a half miles. Mount Sharp is important for scientists because its layers of rock can reveal information about the planet's changing environment over time.

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