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Curiosity rover explores Mars

Curiosity rover explores Mars

Martian dirt clings to the wheels of NASA’s Curiosity rover in this photo taken Aug. 28, 2012, after the rover’s first long drive, a 52-foot trek.

Curiosity rover explores Mars

The base of Mars’ Mount Sharp – the rover’s eventual science destination – is pictured in this August 27, 2012 NASA handout photo taken by the Curiosity rover. The image is a portion of a larger image taken by Curiosity’s 100-millimeter Mast Camera on August 23. Scientists enhanced the color to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain.

Curiosity rover explores Mars

An image taken by Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 34 (Sept. 10, 2012)

Curiosity rover explores Mars

The wheel tracks of the Mars Curiosity rover are seen in the dust on Mars in this August 29, 2012 NASA handout photo after the rover took the longest drive of its mission August 28. The rover drove about 52 feet (16 meters) eastward on the 22nd Martian day, or sol, of its mission.

Curiosity rover explores Mars

In this photo released by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona, NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute, left, descend to the Martian surface on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. The high-resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover.