NASA’s Curiosity Has Been On Mars For More Than 7 Years And Here Are Its 30 Best Photos

For us, mere mortals, Mars is a no man’s land where survival seems like a distant dream. After all, no man has ever walked on its surface (as far as we know) and plans to send one to the red planet are only in the early stages of its development. However, humans have touched Mars through the durable wheels of Mars rovers. We’ve had 4 successful robotically operated Mars rovers (all of which were managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA) so far: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity.

As Opportunity’s mission was declared complete on February 13, 2019 when NASA lost all contact with the vehicle, Curiosity became the lone survivor on the red planet, rolling over its surface to examine and explore the unknown land all by itself. The spacecraft first landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 and started carrying out its objectives throughout the years. In fact, Curiosity did its job so well and held on for so long that its original mission duration of 687 days was expanded indefinitely.

Here’s how Curiosity looked 7 years ago and now

#1

Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

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Curiosity is approaching its 8 year anniversary on Mars and while it is currently the only functional rover on the planet (after we all, unfortunately, had to say goodbye to Oppy), NASA has plans to send it some company in the shape of Mars 2020 rover. The 2020 mission is scheduled to start on 17 July to 5 August 2020 when the rocket carrying the rover will be launched. NASA also announced a student naming contest for the rover that was held in the fall of 2019. The final name will be announced in early March 2020, so we definitely have something to look forward to!

#2

Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

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Ctirad Macháček 2 hours agoIt looks like the head from Roman statue.

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#3

Sunset Sequence In Mars’ Gale Crater

Sunset Sequence In Mars' Gale Crater

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#4

Curiosity’s Color View Of Martian Dune After Crossing It

Curiosity's Color View Of Martian Dune After Crossing It

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NWB 18 hours agoIt is so amazing that we can get these amazing images now!

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#5

Curiosity’s Dusty Selfie At Duluth

Curiosity's Dusty Selfie At Duluth

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 1 day agoHow does he take a pic of himself..

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#6

First Sampling Hole In Mount Sharp

First Sampling Hole In Mount Sharp

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Ron Richards 20 minutes agoNeeds to be deeper – same stuff in the hole.

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#7

Multiple Layers Of Mount Sharp

Multiple Layers Of Mount Sharp

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Aahzmandus Pervect 1 day agoThis almost looks like Earth.

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#8

Martian Rock ‘Harrison’ In Color, Showing Crystals

Martian Rock 'Harrison' In Color, Showing Crystals

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Jeff 2 hours agoI love rocks! I want one of these!

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#9

Jake Matijevic Rock

Jake Matijevic Rock

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Chuck Donaldson 6 hours ago (edited)There’s a lot going on here – and a lot has happened here. Look it up! It’s not just another rock.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Matijevic_(rock)

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Curiosity Took Dozens Of Mast Cam Images To Complete This Mosaic Of A Petrified Sand Dune

Curiosity Took Dozens Of Mast Cam Images To Complete This Mosaic Of A Petrified Sand Dune

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Ray Heap 6 hours agoPetrified sand dune? Well Curiosity does look badass.

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#11

Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

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Ron Richards 7 minutes agoBroken concrete?

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#12

Getting To Know Mount Sharp

Getting To Know Mount Sharp

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#13

Wheel Scuff Mark At ‘Rocknest’

Wheel Scuff Mark At 'Rocknest'

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rai mei 8 hours agoi thought at first it was an astronaut’s footprint

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#14

Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

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MrTir 4 hours agoHe’s so alone. Just like Wall E

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#15

Outcrop In The Murray Buttes Region Of Lower Mount Sharp

Outcrop In The Murray Buttes Region Of Lower Mount Sharp

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#16

A Mudstone Rock Outcrop At The Base Of Mount Sharp

A Mudstone Rock Outcrop At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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Blakkur Sverrir 1 day agoExcuse me, but doesn’t “Mud” mean: liquid water?! And isn’t that exactly what they are looking for?

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#17

Having Reached The Base Of Mount Sharp, Curiosity Captured This Image Of Its Rocky Surroundings

Having Reached The Base Of Mount Sharp, Curiosity Captured This Image Of Its Rocky Surroundings

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N G 21 hours agoI’ve seen this set before on an episode of star trek.

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#18

Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply

Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply

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rai mei 8 hours agoaptly named

#19

Mars Rover Curiosity In ‘Buckskin’ Selfie

Mars Rover Curiosity In 'Buckskin' Selfie

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L McN 13 minutes agoSO CLOSE…you can ALMOST see the entire arm for the camera that takes it’s self portraits. I don’t know about you, but I would love to see a few stills without them editing anything, leave the arm in place.

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#20

Curiosity Self-Portrait At ‘Windjana’ Drilling Site

Curiosity Self-Portrait At 'Windjana' Drilling Site

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#21

Curiosity Tracks In ‘Hidden Valley’ On Mars

Curiosity Tracks In 'Hidden Valley' On Mars

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#22

Curiosity Visited An Area Named “Fracture Town” Which Contains Many Pointed, Layered Rock Formations

Curiosity Visited An Area Named "Fracture Town" Which Contains Many Pointed, Layered Rock Formations

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Bob 2.0 18 hours agoThe interesting thing here is that, if there was life on mars, stuff like this would probably be collapsed from the weight moving around on it. It’s fascinating to see how things form on a completely lifeless, mostly-dry planet.

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#23

Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

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#24

Curiosity Rover’s View Of Alluring Martian Geology

Curiosity Rover's View Of Alluring Martian Geology

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#25

Resistant Features In ‘Pahrump Hills’ Outcrop

Resistant Features In 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop

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#26

Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

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#27

View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At ‘Shaler’

View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At 'Shaler'

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Rae 1 day ago (edited)Aww you can see its little footprints

#28

Layers At The Base Of Mount Sharp

Layers At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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Grumble O’Pug 3 hours agoAnd that students..

#29

Focusing The 100-Millimeter Mastcam

Focusing The 100-Millimeter Mastcam

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Grumble O’Pug 3 hours ago…is rack focusing

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#30

Curiosity Arrived At This Active Sand Dune Named “Gobabeb”, Which Is Part Of A Larger Dune Field Known As “Bagnold”

Curiosity Arrived At This Active Sand Dune Named "Gobabeb", Which Is Part Of A Larger Dune Field Known As "Bagnold"

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ju Hel 7 hours agoI’m curious how they come up with the names

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