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.

Aug. 9, 2012: Curiosity beamed 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.

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

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

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.

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]

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  • Suleman Ali

    I'm sure the biggest gain for humanity in exploring other worlds will be an enhanced understanding, and hopefully appreciation, of our own planet. We have a world protected by a magnetic field and a large stabilising moon, which is reshaped continuously by life and huge amounts of water.  That's nice