NASA’s Curiosity Rover Celebrating Its Seventh Year on Mars
Opportunity which is also recognized as MER-B or MER-1, and the nicknamed “Oppy”, is a robotic rover activated on Mars from 2004 until 2018. It was launched in July 2003, as part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover program, and it was land in Meridiani Planum in January 2004, after three weeks its twin Spirit (MER-A) touched down to the other side of planet. At the beginning of 2019, NASA enforced to say bye to the Opportunity rover. It was realty a depressed moment for the space organization since the rover had surpassed opportunities in every possible way, but luckily it’s not the only rover on the Red Planet.
Curiosity rover is a car-sized rover which was designed in order to discover the crater Gale presented on the Mars as part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. In November 2011, Curiosity was launched from US, Cape Canaveral and was land on Aeolis Palus inside Gale on Mars in August 2012 which was still alive and completed its seven years of campaign on Mars. NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are attractive on the rover’s life and won’t miss the opportunity to celebrate it. Currently, the rover is discovering a parts of Gale Crater in a spot which is known as the clay-bearing unit, where it uses its drills in order to collect samples of the Martian soil where water once flowed.
JPL provides a timely 360-degree video which shows the things Curiosity can able to see from its location within the crater. These images taken in June and confirm the rocky ledge known as Teal Ridge. As per scientists Mars was much wetter place than today, but not sure whether all moisture will support life on the Red Planet. The samples which are collected by Curiosity shown that it may be appropriate for microbial life.