Seeing red: Curiosity rover’s first year on Mars

Curiosity before its journey. The rover has now been on Mars for almost a full year, where it's driven more than a mile and sent back over 70,000 photos.

On August 6 (or late August 5 for many of us in North America), the Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars after a journey of several months from Earth. The flight was the easy part. Once the spacecraft carrying the rover was in the thin Martian atmosphere, a braking parachute was deployed, followed by a “sky crane” that lowered the rover gingerly onto the surface. Jubilation erupted at Mission Control following the “seven minutes of terror” during which it wasn’t clear whether the landing had succeeded.

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