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Blackwater Photographer Captures A Young Octopus With A Transparent Head, And You Can Even See Its Brain

We humans have successfully photographed a black hole, landed rovers on Mars, and sent spacecraft to the dark side of the moon. However, our very own planet remains one of the last unknown frontiers – one that is deceptively familiar, too.

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Here Are The 30 Best Photos That NASA’s Curiosity Has Taken After 7 Years On Mars

For a long time, Mars seemed like a frontier that’s untouchable. And while yes, no human has walked on the planet’s red surface, we, as humanity, have reached the planet through the sturdy wheels of Mars rovers. From Sojourner to Spirit, from Opportunity to Curiosity, humanity tried and succeeded to reach and explore the surface of Mars, a meaningful step in our journey to one day leave a human print on another planet. As its predecessors’ missions ended, with Oppy shutting down in 2018, the only Mars rover left on the planet was Curiosity, the little machine that’s been trekking over the wasteland and examining it for nearly 8 years.

Since it is approaching the 8-year mark since landing on the distant planet, Curiosity has managed to collect a rather impressive gallery of photographs through the years. The images give an impressively high-quality look at the red planet and its surface, ranging from dusty planes to rocky mountains.

Here’s how Curiosity looked 7 years ago and now

#1 Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

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#2 Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

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#3 Sunset Sequence In Mars’ Gale Crater

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#4 Curiosity’s Color View Of Martian Dune After Crossing It

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#5 Curiosity’s Dusty Selfie At Duluth

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#6 First Sampling Hole In Mount Sharp

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#7 Martian Rock ‘Harrison’ In Color, Showing Crystals

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#8 Multiple Layers Of Mount Sharp

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#9 Jake Matijevic Rock

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

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#11 Outcrop In The Murray Buttes Region Of Lower Mount Sharp

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#12 Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

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#13 Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

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#14 Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply

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#15 Wheel Scuff Mark At ‘Rocknest’

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

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#17 View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At ‘Shaler’

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#18 Layers At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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#19 Focusing The 100-Millimeter Mastcam

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#20 Getting To Know Mount Sharp

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#21 Curiosity Self-Portrait At ‘Windjana’ Drilling Site

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

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

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#24 Curiosity Rover’s View Of Alluring Martian Geology

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#25 Mars Rover Curiosity In ‘Buckskin’ Selfie

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#26 Curiosity Tracks In ‘Hidden Valley’ On Mars

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#27 A Mudstone Rock Outcrop At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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#28 Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

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#29 Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

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#30 Resistant Features In ‘Pahrump Hills’ Outcrop

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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

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