Free Newsletters - Space News - Defense Alert - Environment Report - Energy Monitor
by Brooks Hays
Washington (UPI) Jun 24, 2013
For exactly one year now, the beloved Mars rover Curiosity has delivered knowledge to NASA scientists and joy to science lovers across the globe.
"One year?" readers might wonder.
If it seems like Curiosity's been gone longer than that, it's because it has. The rover is celebrating its first full Martian year on the job. A full orbit of the sun takes Mars roughly 687 Earth days.
To commemorate the year's worth of hard work, NASA posted one of Curiosity's many recent selfies -- taken earlier this year via the Mars Hand Lens Imager, a high resolution camera affixed to the end of the rover's robotic arm.
NASA says Curiosity has already accomplished its primary mission to determine whether Mars was once hospitable to life. The verdict: it was. The rover has collected a variety of samples and observations revealing the previous presence of water and elements essential for life.
In addition to the selfie, NASA also released a video explaining what's next for Curiosity.
Mars News and Information at MarsDaily.com
Lunar Dreams and more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.|