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Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year

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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

One of Curiosity's first major findings after landing on the Red Planet in August 2012 was an ancient riverbed at its landing site. Nearby, at an area known as Yellowknife Bay, the mission met its main goal of determining whether the Martian Gale Crater ever was habitable for simple life forms. The answer, a historic "yes," came from two mudstone slabs that the rover sampled with its drill. Analysis of these samples revealed the site was once a lakebed with mild water, the essential elemental ingredients for life, and a type of chemical energy source used by some microbes on Earth. If Mars had living organisms, this would have been a good home for them.

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Curiosity Completes Its First Martian Year

On June 24, 2014, NASA's Curiosity rover completes her first Martian year (687 Earth days).

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While more advanced, for the layman most of the images are such that only a scientist could love. The shots of sprawling vistas across the Martian landscape are few and far between. Due, no doubt,to the type terrain it's exploring, I'm sure.. At least we still get those types of shot's from the other rover.

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