It seems like yesterday the Curiosity was a bouncing….well free falling…baby spacecraft waiting to hatch, er…be dropped stork-like on to surface of Mars.
Although not as old as its bouncing, literally, cousins Spirit and Opportunity, Curiosity has not been idle.
Curiosity, which is the size of a car, has traveled 764 yards (699 meters) in the past four weeks after finishing experiments at one location for the past six months.
Curiosity is heading to the base of Mount Sharp, to perform more experiments before heading up the mountain (about 3 mile or 5.5 km high). It is expected to take the better part of a year to get to the final point of the scheduled mission.
However, if Curiosity is anything like its cousins, data collection will continue well beyond the original program (with sufficient budget of course). I mean really, after traveling millions of miles, and basically being dropped off, this rover should last for a long time.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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