NASA Curiosity rover celebrates 3,000 days on Mars with extreme panorama


NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012 and it just celebrated a milestone anniversary of 3,000 Martian days of living. A Martian day called a sol is slightly longer than a day on Earth, clocking in at just over 24 hours and 39 minutes. Scientists track Curiosity's activities based on sols. NASA marked the special occasion with the release of a glorious panorama on Tuesday. The scenic mosaic view of Gale Crater on Mars shows part of Mount Sharp, the massive central mountain inside the crater. The sweeping panorama is made from 122 images the rover snapped on Nov. 18, 2020, which was Martian sol 2946.

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