Curiosity has been operating on Mars for 3000 local days. See what’s with his wheels – photo
American rover Curiosity has been successfully operating on the Red Planet for 3000 local days - Solov. During this time, he drove 23.83 km and sent about 750,000 photos, according to the NASA mission website.
Made by engineers from Boeing and Lockheed Martin, the 899 kg rover was launched from Earth on November 26, 2011 on an Atlas V 541 rocket and landed in Gale Crater on August 5, 2012.
All information about this mission can be found here.
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Below is a panorama composed of 122 images taken on November 18, 2020. Closer to the center of the panorama is the bottom of Gale Crater, a 154 km wide bowl containing Mount Sharp. The northern edge of the crater is visible on the horizon. To the right is the top of Mount Sharp, where rock layers formed by lakes and streams billions of years ago.
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Curiosity’s target time has been announced as 23 Earth months. After the expiration of this period, the rover, due to the 3 kW RTG, works “overtime” and does not depend on solar energy, like most other similar devices.
Now the rover continues to climb Mount Sharp, which it has been exploring since 2014.
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the solar system, its mass is 10.7% of the mass of the Earth. Mars is called the Red Planet because of the shade of the surface from the mineral maghemite, γ-iron oxide. Mars has a rarefied atmosphere with surface pressure 160 times less than Earth’s, and two natural satellites – Phobos and Deimos. It is the most extensively studied planet in the solar system apart from Earth.