- The photo shows the initial landing spot of the rover and the path it has taken over its five year mission so far
- The pictures showed snapshots of the planet’s dusty surface, the martian horizon, and sandy sloping hills
NASA’s Curiosity Rover has been exploring Mars’s surface for the past six years.
The nuclear-powered mobile science laboratory has been slowly roving across the surface of Mars since 2012; searching for evidence of the conditions that once made the planet capable of sustaining life.
And earlier this week, while on a brief break from mountain climbing, Curiosity sent home a giant batch of photos showing what the rover has been up to over the last three months.
The pictures showed snapshots of the planet’s dusty surface, the martian horizon, and sandy sloping hills.
I've been everywhere, man
Across the crater fair, man
Science with fanfare, man
Travel I've had my share, man
I've been everywhere!
— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) January 30, 2018
“Even though Curiosity has been steadily climbing for five years, this is the first time we could look back and see the whole mission laid out below us,” Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement.
Curiosity is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program; an effort to explore the planet’s surface using spacecraft, landers, and rovers since 1993.