Curiosity’s First (Earth) Year on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover landed on the red planet on Aug. 5, 2012, after traveling more than 300 million miles in about eight months.

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NASA's Curiosity rover is seen here in a "self-portrait" made of photos taken by its Mars Hand Lens Imager. The rover celebrated one Earth year on the red planet Aug. 5, 2013.
A screen shot of NASA JPL's website Aug. 5, 2013, shows a festive Curiosity rover lighting her own candle in celebration of a full Earth year on Mars.
Aug. 2, 2013: This map traces where Curiosity drove after landing at "Bradbury Landing" on Aug. 5, 2012.
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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity appears as a bluish dot near the lower right corner of this enhanced-color view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The rover's tracks are visible extending from the landing site, "Bradbury Landing," in the left half of the scene.
In this image released by NASA on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, a chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this color image from NASA's Curiosity rover showing the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination. The image is a portion of a larger image taken by Curiosity's 100-millimeter Mast Camera on Aug. 23, 2012. Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain.
This is an image of soil scooped by the Curiosity rover.
The Mars rover Curiosity posted this image with its Foursquare check-in at the Gale Crater Wednesday.
This image provided by NASA shows a high-resolution 360-degree color panorama of Gale Crater taken by the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars on August 5, 2012. A low-quality version was released earlier. Curiosity is on a two-year mission to study whether Gale could support microbial life. (AP Photo/NASA)
This set of images compares rocks seen by NASA's Opportunity rover and Curiosity rover at two different parts of Mars. On the left is " Wopmay" rock, in Endurance Crater, Meridiani Planum, as studied by the Opportunity rover. On the right are the rocks of the "Sheepbed" unit in Yellowknife Bay, in Gale Crater, as seen by Curiosity.
This image released on Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012 by NASA, shows a mosaic of the first two full-resolution images of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground. The foreground shows two distinct zones of excavation likely carved out by blasts from the rover's descent stage thrusters. (AP Photo/NASA)
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