Curiosity: 10 Years of Martian Mountain Climbing

Curiosity poster illustration containing its accomplishments.
August 2, 2022
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Since landing on Mars in August 2012, NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring 3-mile-high Mt. Sharp in Gale Crater. The rover has climbed more than 2,000 feet (612 meters), reaching progressively younger rocks that serve as a record on how Mars has evolved from a wet, habitable planet to a cold desert environment.

Some other accomplishments by Curiosity:

  • Acquired 494,540 images
  • Returned 3,102 gigabytes of data to Earth
  • Drilled 35 samples and scooped 6
  • Its findings yielded 883 science papers

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Information current as of July 2022.