Self Portrait of Curiosity
NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity started to be built in 2006, and was supposed to launch in 2009. But failed tests didn't allow the rover to be launched in 2009. So Curiosity had to be worked on more. Curiosity finally launched on November 26, 2011. It landed in Gale Crater August 5, 2012. at 10:32 pm PDT. Its mission is to see if life exists or existed on Mars. Although Curiosity's mission, MSL (Mars Science Laboratory), is only 2 Earth years, Curiosity, which is powered by plutonium, could last up to two decades on the Red Planet. This has brought up the idea that a manned mission to Mars will be to collect Curiosity, and the bring it back to Earth for display at a museum.
This data is gonna be one for the history books.
-John Grotzinger, Chief Scientist of the MSL Curiosity mission
Mars Curiosity Descent - Ultra HD 30fps Smooth-Motion
Curiosity Photo Gallery
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