The NASA Curiosity rover has sent a breathtaking Martian landscape

The NASA Curiosity rover has sent a breathtaking Martian landscape

The NASA Curiosity rover, launched on the Red Planet nearly 10 years ago on November 26, 2011, continues to roam the Martian terrain. For example, he recently traveled to the side of Mars' Mount Sharp, or Aeolis Mons, a mountain that forms the central peak of the Gale Crater. There, mission team members captured the beauty of the Martian natural landscape with Curiosity's navigation cameras.

However, the team “was so inspired by the beauty of the landscape, that they combined two versions of the black and white images from different times of the day and added colors to create a rare postcard from the Red Planet, ”reads a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Curiosity isn't the newest of the robots on Mars, as NASA's Perseverance rover landed on February 18, 2021. But since it's been on Mars since August 2012, Curiosity has been exploring the surface, gathering valuable scientific data and incredible images. ; the rover is in excellent shape even almost exactly a decade after launch.

The rover landed inside the Gale crater on a mission tending to investigate the possibility that the crater was once able to accommodate the life. The rover discovered a lake and streams and, two years after its mission, reached the base of Mount Sharp, which is 8 kilometers high in the center of the crater.

In August, it arrived in a new region on its journey, which is intriguing to scientists due to its mineral-rich rocks and materials that could reveal information about the planet's climate. The rover has so far traveled over 26km on the Red Planet and climbed over 460m above where it originally landed in the crater.