NASA’s Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 – if you remember, you could even sort of livestream its Martian landing. It became the only functional robot on the planet after NASA’s Opportunity stopped communicating on February 13, 2019.
After nearly 8 years of service, the Curiosity has taken some amazing pictures of the Red Planet (and it’s still trundling around doing it’s thing). You can check out the thousands of images on NASA’s official website.
In the meantime, here’s a quick preview of the beauty of Mars.
15. Curiosity Selfie!
Even robots want to take a picture now and then.
14. A Petrified Area
These patterns are just beautiful.
13. Check out These Gorgeous Views
Worthy of a museum exhibit!
12. Checking out Its Own Wheel Track
It’s a meta portrait.
11. An Active Sand Dune
Called Gobabeb, this sand dune belongs to a dune field called Bagnold.
10. Mount Sharp’s Base
This is mudstone.
9. Yet Another Shot of Mount Sharp
These sedimentary rocks are still charming to look at.
8. A Wide Shot
Actually taken from a Mars Orbiter, not by Curiosity.
7. Fracture Shot
This has many rocks that look as if they’ve been, well, fractured.
6. A Rocky Dreamscape
It looks like a dream!
5. Wide-Shot of Mount Sharp
This far-off view definitely speaks for itself!
4. The Bottom of Mount Sharp
There are many great angles of this mountain.
3. Take a Gander at This!
It’s called Jake Matijevic Rock.
2. The “Harrison” Rock
There are some crystals in this shot too!
1. Martian Sunset
If it looks other-worldly, that’s because it is!
As of now, the Curiosity is still doing strong on Mars.
If you’ve got thoughts, we totally look forward to hearing anything you have to say about these landscapes. All scientific facts, discussion, and theories are totally welcome in the comments.