After 11 years on Mars, Curiosity continues to climb the slopes of Mount Sharp

Published by NASASpaceflight on 08/05/2023 UTC

On Aug. 6, 2012, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, comprised of the new Curiosity rover, officially began when Curiosity was successfully lowered onto the Martian surface via a first-of-its-kind skycrane. Curiosity‘s landing location was at the base of Mount Sharp (officially referred to as Aeolis Mons) in Gale Crater — a 3.5 billion-year-old crater that scientists believe was once a lake.

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