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NASA's Curiosity rover already has a year under its belt of driving on the surface of the Red Planet, but the Martian explorer is just now using its autonomous navigation for the first time.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of the NASA Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars, and the start of its search for evidence suggesting that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting microbial life.
Following its latest drive, the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity surpassed the one kilometer milestone in distance traveled since it landed on the Red Planet, officials from the US space agency have announced.
On Tuesday, July 9, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet. This was the third drive of a journey of many months from the “Glenelg” area to Mount Sharp.
With drives on July 4 and July 7, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has departed its last science target in the "Glenelg" area and commenced a many-month overland journey to the base of the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp.
NASA is allowing amateur explorers a unique opportunity to explore a section of Mars with a newly developed high-detail image of the Red Planet’s surface. The image, consisting of more than a billion pixels stitched together, was recently taken by the space agency’s Curiosity rover.
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.