Curiosity celebrates its first motion-packed Martian yr
Curiosity feted its first Martian yr on the purple planet (687 earth days) with a stiched-up selfie whereas NASA mirrored on the Mars rover’s triumphs and setbacks. To date, it has achieved most of its mission objectives, notably its quest for proof that Mars might have supported life. Drilling samples revealed traces of all the weather wanted for all times, and it noticed a streambed that when had “vigorous” water movement. The rover additionally discovered that moisture could possibly be drilled from its soil, and that the radiation ranges have been protected for people — all necessary particulars for deliberate area journey. Sadly, as a result of sharper-than-anticipated rocks, Curiosity now has a gaping gap in its wheel, which pressured the staff to vary its driving strategies and routes. It isn’t anticipated to have a lot impression on the mission, although — after grabbing samples at a website referred to as Windjana, Curiosity’s now headed to Mount Sharp, some 2.four miles away. With its fundamental objectives completed, any new science is gravy — see the video under for extra.