To celebrate Curiosity’s 5-year anniversary, NASA released amazing time-lapse footage that spans Curiosity’s time on Mars, so far.
Fun Curiosity Facts
- Curiosity travels at ~5cm a second to preserve power.
- She would take 45 minutes to get it across a Football Field
- Scientist started to drive Curiosity in reverse to even out the >wear and tear on the front and back wheels. (This is due to sharp rocks that cut into the wheels and they were unknown to science until Curiosity observes them)
- She can dig samples and separate them by microns so she can observe them in different onboard experiments
- Her laser burns rock to analyze the kinds of gases released which can tell you what the rock is made of
We can’t wait to see what Curiosity finds next.