NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 and it simply celebrated a milestone anniversary of three,000 Martian days of dwelling the nice science life on the pink planet.
A Martian day — known as a “sol”– is barely longer than a day on Earth, clocking in at simply over 24 hours and 39 minutes. Scientists observe Curiosity’s actions primarily based on sols. For instance, uncooked pictures taken by the rover are tagged with the sol quantity, so a photograph snapped on its anniversary could be tagged with “Sol 3000” in addition to the corresponding Earth date.
NASA marked the big day with the release of a glorious panorama on Tuesday. The scenic mosaic view of Gale Crater on Mars exhibits a part of Mount Sharp, the huge central mountain contained in the crater. “Geologists have been intrigued to see a sequence of rock ‘benches’ in the newest panorama from the mission,” NASA said in statement.
The sweeping panorama is constructed from 122 pictures the rover snapped on Nov. 18, 2020, which was Martian sol 2946.
Curiosity is presently heading towards a area of the crater often known as the “sulfate-bearing unit.” “Sulfates, like gypsum and epsom salts, normally type round water because it evaporates, and they’re yet one more clue to how the local weather and prospects for all times modified almost Three billion years in the past,” said NASA when describing the rover’s journey to this new space.
NASA’s solely functioning Mars rover will quickly be joined on the planet by its next-gen sibling when thearrives in February. Lengthy-lived Curiosity will proceed to pursue its mission to check the traditional environmental situations on the pink planet.
This is to the subsequent 3,000 sols.