Rover Curiosity: 15 stunning images of Mars (gallery)

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

For 10 years, NASA Curiosity Rover scoured the Martian landscape for signs of life and learned about Mars’ unique environment. Launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on November 26, 2011, the rover landed on March eight months and 10 days later, on August 5, 2012.

Curiosity’s pioneering landing saw the spacecraft descend on a parachute before its landing system fired its rockets to hover as the rover was lowered to the surface using the sky crane. This landing technique was a resounding success which NASA repeated in February 2021 when the Rover of Perseverance arrived on Mars.

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