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Curiosity Has Been On Mars For Almost A Year. Here's What It's Been Doing

A time-lapse video by NASA boils down the first year of Curiosity's Martian adventure to two minutes.

  • <p><strong>Aug. 9, 2012</strong>: Curiosity beamed back to Earth a colored <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2012-237" target="_blank">360-degree panorama</a> taken of the Gale Crater landing site.</p>
  • <p><strong>Feb. 9, 2013</strong>: Mars is <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3005701/fast-feed/curiosity-rover-first-drill-mars" target="_self">drilled</a> into for the first time. Curiosity collects a sample from a site named John Klein.</p>
  • <p><strong>May 20, 2013</strong>: Curiosity drills into its second spot: <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/news/msl20130509.html#.Ufq2dGRAR8g" target="_blank">Cumberland</a>, collecting a powered sample from the rock interior.</p>
  • <p><strong>June 19, 2013</strong>: NASA stitches together <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/centers/jpl/news/msl20130619.html#.Ufq2hGRAR8g" target="_blank">a billion pixels</a>' worth of landscape imagery taken from Curiosity.</p>
  • 01 /05

    In time for Curiosity's one-year anniversary on Mars, which is coming up on August 6, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a 2-minute video of images taken from the rover's front-facing camera.

  • 02 /05

    Aug. 9, 2012: Curiosity beamed back to Earth a colored 360-degree panorama taken of the Gale Crater landing site.

  • 03 /05

    Feb. 9, 2013: Mars is drilled into for the first time. Curiosity collects a sample from a site named John Klein.

  • 04 /05

    May 20, 2013: Curiosity drills into its second spot: Cumberland, collecting a powered sample from the rock interior.

  • 05 /05

    June 19, 2013: NASA stitches together a billion pixels' worth of landscape imagery taken from Curiosity.

In time for Curiosity's one-year anniversary on Mars, which is coming up on August 6, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a 2-minute time-lapse video of images taken from the rover's front-facing camera. Shot with a fisheye lens on Curiosity's Hazard-Avoidance Camera, the video shows the rover exploring a brave new world, collecting samples and drilling inside the Red Planet.

For its upcoming one-year anniversary on Aug. 6, we dug into NASA's archives to highlight some of Curiosity's milestones to date.

Nov. 26, 2011: Curiosity embarks on the first leg of its journey: traveling 354 million miles to Mars.

Aug. 6, 2012: It finally arrives, touching ground on Bradbury Landing.

Aug. 9, 2012: Curiosity beams back to Earth a colored 360-degree panorama taken of the Gale Crater landing site.



Feb. 9, 2013: Mars is drilled into for the first time. Curiosity collects a sample from a site named John Klein.



Feb 28, 2013: After a memory glitch, Curiosity switches to a redundant onboard computer and enters safe mode.

March 13, 2013: Curiosity wins South by Southwest's Interactive Award for best social media campaign.

March 18, 2013: Curiosity finds evidence of water-bearing minerals near where it had drilled.

April 25, 2013: Another to add to the resume: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Trophy for Current Achievements is awarded to Curiosity.

May 20, 2013: Curiosity drills into its second spot: Cumberland, collecting a powered sample from the rock interior.



June 5, 2013: The rover wraps up its investigation in the Glenelg area. NASA calls this the "biggest turning point since landing."

June 19, 2013: NASA stitches together a billion pixels' worth of landscape imagery taken from Curiosity.



July 8, 2013: Curiosity heads to its next destination: Mount Sharp.

July 23, 2013: Are we there yet? Curiosity completes its longest drive in a day: 109.7 yards, or 0.06 miles.

Happy anniversary, and keep up the great work. We hope you're not too homesick, Curiosity.

[All images courtesy of NASA]

Slideshow Credits: 01 / NASA; 02 / NASA; 03 / NASA; 04 / NASA; 05 / NASA;

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