NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Finds A Changing Landscape

August 17, 2021
Historical DateAugust 17, 2021
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NASA’s Curiosity rover explores Mount Sharp, a 5-mile-tall (8-kilometer-tall) mountain in the basin of Gale Crater on Mars.

Curiosity’s Deputy Project Scientist, Abigail Fraeman of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), gives a descriptive tour of Curiosity's location. The panorama was captured by the rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on July 3, 2021, the 3,167th Martian day, or sol, of its mission.

Curiosity landed nine years ago on Aug. 5, 2012, with a mission to study whether different Martian environments could have supported microbial life in the ancient past when long-lived lakes and groundwater existed within Gale Crater.