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NASA’s Curiosity Rover celebrates 3,000 days on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover celebrates 3,000 days on Mars

High honors for rover for taking selfies.

High honors for rover for taking selfies.
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS (Getty Images)

Curiosity, the rover that has been exploring Mars since it landed on the red planet On August 6, 2012, it just celebrated its 3000 day on Mars on January 12, 2021.

It is important to note that these are they Martian The days we’re talking about, which are known as sols and last 24 hours and 40 minutes. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spent that time admirably sailing and investigating the climate and geology of Mars, in part to determine whether or not Mars is habitable or in the past.. In December 2012, the Curiosity mission was extended indefinitely, so we’ll likely get quite a few extra Mars days from that bad boy before he finally retires.

In its time on Mars, Curiosity covered 14.87 miles and provided detailed images that you can explore on the NASA website. website. It also features several technologies on board that have potential beyond space travel. The The Chemistry and Minerals Tool, or CheMin, for example, is designed to perform a chemical analysis of rock powder to determine the types and amounts of minerals present. But it also serves a purpose at the Getty Conservation Institute: it can date and evaluate Works of art without causing physical damage to them.

Soon, Curiosity will join the Determination Rover, which launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 30, 2020, and is scheduled to land on Mars in about five weeks, on February 18. Once again, the purpose of this mission is to assess the formation of Mars to determine if it could be habitable. About 85 percent of the new rover is based on heritage equipment, because the previous rovers were so successful. The big change here is that the Persistence will have more higher quality cameras to offer more detailed images. It is also designed for taking rock samples back to Earth.

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