Tonight, around 10 PM PDT, Curiosity will celebrate 8(!) years on Mars. Since Curiosity is turning 8, we expect that celebrations in Gale Crater will include games like “Pin the Mast on the Rover” and “Red Rover” (“Red rover, red rover, send Perseverance on over!”) while enjoying treats from SAM’s bakery!
Back on Earth, the MSL team is also celebrating with a retrospective in the form of 8 Martian postcards including the mosaic at the top of this post, a dust storm selfie, a descriptive tour of Gale Crater, a Martian cloud movie, and much more! You can see this cool selection of images from the past 8 years here: mars.nasa.gov/news/8726/.
Thank you for following Curiosity’s journey for the last 8 years. We look forward to a ninth year and more of exciting exploration and discovery!
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