NASA’s Curiosity Rover Celebrates Seven Years of Success on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Celebrates Seven Years of Success on Mars

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NASA’s ultimate aim to mark human presence on Mars, in the meantime, its Curiosity rover is keeping the American space agency busy. Yes, Curiosity rover, which celebrated its seventh anniversary on the Martian land, has achieved some remarkable milestones in its life. The findings also include strange extreme methane levels on the red planet along with a sparkling object. According to NASA’s blog post, the spacecraft is still gazing the Gale crater and revealing the hidden secrets of the clayey unit. Even more, it is using scientific gear to drill into the red soil on the planet. According to the U.S. geological survey’s Kristen Bennett, they have analyzed the orbiter images of this area for a decade. Finally, they have succeeded to take a close glance at the region.

Before this, NASA’s MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) had first spotted the clay. After that, Curiosity has discovered the extensive amount of clay minerals in some analyzed rock samples. Even more, the probe has found high amounts of clay on other regions of Mount Sharp, a mountain on the red planet. This finding is missing in MRO’s data. Thus, scientists are thinking about the reason which caused the difference between the outcomes of both rovers. Curiosity rover is as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. In November 2011, the agency had launched the probe from Cape Canaveral, US.

After that, it landed on the red planet on Aeolis Palus region inside Gale crater on Mars in August 2012. The rover is still alive and has completed seven years of the mission on Mars. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are attractive on the rover’s life and won’t miss the opportunity to celebrate it. The space agency has also published a video on YouTube revealing crucial achievements of Curiosity rover. NASA notes the martian land once had a damp surface, covered under wide and long rivers. As water is the essential element of life on the Earth, but it remains unclear whether Mars ever had life on it. NASA anticipates the car-sizer rover, aimed to explore the Gale crater, can offer additional clues about the planet. Even more, the findings might assist the launch of the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission.