Curiosity rover: 15 stunning images from Mars (gallery)

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

For 10 years NASA’s Curiosity rover has trundled across the Martian landscape searching for signs of life and learning about Mars’ unique environment. Launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on Nov. 26, 2011, the rover landed on Mars eight months and 10 days later, on Aug. 5, 2012.

Curiosity’s trailblazing landing saw the spacecraft descent on a parachute before its landing system fired up its rockets to hover as the rover was lowered down to the surface using the sky crane. This landing technique was a roaring success that NASA repeated in February 2021 when the Perseverance rover arrived on Mars.

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