NASA’s newest Mars rover is about to celebrate its first year on the Red Planet and the robot’s mission scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., have released a rather epic timelapse video of Curiosity’s 12 month adventure.
The images all come from Curiosity’s front Hazard Avoidance Camera’s fisheye lens, capturing every dig and drill carried out by the rover’s robotic arm since landing on Aug. 5, 2012, through July 2013. The six-wheeled, one-ton rover may have only traveled a little over one kilometer, but it has been a long, long road of groundbreaking discoveries. And the mission has only just begun!
Enjoy the ride!
BONUS: The eagle-eyed Discovery News editors spotted Curiosity spell out the word “BOO” at one point in the video. It might take a little imagination, but you’ll know it when you see it.
Video credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech