For us, mere mortals, Mars is a no man's land where survival seems like a distant dream. After all, no man has ever walked on its surface (as far as we know) and plans to send one to the red planet are only in the early stages of its development. However, humans have touched Mars through the durable wheels of Mars rovers. We've had 4 successful robotically operated Mars rovers (all of which were managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA) so far: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity. 

As Opportunity's mission was declared complete on February 13, 2019 when NASA lost all contact with the vehicle, Curiosity became the lone survivor on the red planet, rolling over its surface to examine and explore the unknown land all by itself. The spacecraft first landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 and started carrying out its objectives throughout the years. In fact, Curiosity did its job so well and held on for so long that its original mission duration of 687 days was expanded indefinitely. 

Here's how Curiosity looked 7 years ago and now

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Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

Ripples On Surface Of Martian Sand Dune

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Maci Mae
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5 months ago

woah

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Curiosity is approaching its 8 year anniversary on Mars and while it is currently the only functional rover on the planet (after we all, unfortunately, had to say goodbye to Oppy), NASA has plans to send it some company in the shape of Mars 2020 rover. The 2020 mission is scheduled to start on 17 July to 5 August 2020 when the rocket carrying the rover will be launched. NASA also announced a student naming contest for the rover that was held in the fall of 2019. The final name will be announced in early March 2020, so we definitely have something to look forward to!

#2

Sunset Sequence In Mars' Gale Crater

Sunset Sequence In Mars' Gale Crater

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

Th sun look so tiny!

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Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

Curiosity Rover Finds And Examines A Meteorite On Mars

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Ctirad Macháček
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5 months ago

It looks like the head from Roman statue.

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Curiosity's Color View Of Martian Dune After Crossing It

Curiosity's Color View Of Martian Dune After Crossing It

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NWB
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5 months ago

It is so amazing that we can get these amazing images now!

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#5

Martian Rock 'Harrison' In Color, Showing Crystals

Martian Rock 'Harrison' In Color, Showing Crystals

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Jeff
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5 months ago

I love rocks! I want one of these!

Nena Sinclair
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4 months ago

You just wanna be a rock star Jeff! Lol

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John Zwiers
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4 months ago

Just amazing! Do not know what to think but, ...love to know!

Mildred Thompson
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4 months ago

I don't know much about rocks!

Kris Steel
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5 months ago

I see blue sapphire, Black Diamond, and Gold🤔

Kris Steel
Community Member
5 months ago

Left bottom is Gold

Jay Roberson
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5 months ago

uh Gold, mid left

Ron Richards
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5 months ago

tubeworm fossil or those of prehistoric grass?

Earl Lovell
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4 months ago

I can teach you how this happens ;There are images of shoes here .AND NASA please see what you can figure out If you go down half way on right side then to the funnel looking object Look close inside the white color there is writing . and writing on the top of the funnel looking thing.

NWB
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5 months ago

wait till we get there and start mining those....humans are dicks

Mike Gray
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5 months ago

wow NWB i'm glad i'm not the only one who thinks your a dick

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#6

Curiosity's Dusty Selfie At Duluth

Curiosity's Dusty Selfie At Duluth

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

How does he take a pic of himself..

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#7

Jake Matijevic Rock

Jake Matijevic Rock

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Chuck Donaldson
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5 months ago (edited)

There’s a lot going on here - and a lot has happened here. Look it up! It’s not just another rock. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Matijevic_(rock)

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#8

Multiple Layers Of Mount Sharp

Multiple Layers Of Mount Sharp

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Aahzmandus Pervect
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5 months ago

This almost looks like Earth.

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#9

First Sampling Hole In Mount Sharp

First Sampling Hole In Mount Sharp

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MrTir
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5 months ago

It just looks.. like if you planted something it grows, like it could be from the woods close by, but it is literally millions of miles away

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#10

Curiosity Took Dozens Of Mast Cam Images To Complete This Mosaic Of A Petrified Sand Dune

Curiosity Took Dozens Of Mast Cam Images To Complete This Mosaic Of A Petrified Sand Dune

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Ray Heap
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5 months ago

Petrified sand dune? Well Curiosity does look badass.

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#11

Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

Remnants Of Ancient Streambed On Mars

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Grumble O'Pug
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5 months ago

Amazing.

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#12

Outcrop In The Murray Buttes Region Of Lower Mount Sharp

Outcrop In The Murray Buttes Region Of Lower Mount Sharp

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Madison Feehan
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5 months ago

Am I the only one Sphinx in the bottom right of the rocks? Certainly amazing formations!

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#13

Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply

Mount Sharp Comes In Sharply

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rai mei
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5 months ago

aptly named

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#14

Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

Curiosity Self-Portrait At Martian Sand Dune

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MrTir
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5 months ago

He's so alone. Just like Wall E

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#15

Curiosity Visited An Area Named "Fracture Town" Which Contains Many Pointed, Layered Rock Formations

Curiosity Visited An Area Named "Fracture Town" Which Contains Many Pointed, Layered Rock Formations

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Bob 2.0
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5 months ago

The interesting thing here is that, if there was life on mars, stuff like this would probably be collapsed from the weight moving around on it. It's fascinating to see how things form on a completely lifeless, mostly-dry planet.

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#16

Having Reached The Base Of Mount Sharp, Curiosity Captured This Image Of Its Rocky Surroundings

Having Reached The Base Of Mount Sharp, Curiosity Captured This Image Of Its Rocky Surroundings

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N G
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5 months ago

I've seen this set before on an episode of star trek.

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#17

Wheel Scuff Mark At 'Rocknest'

Wheel Scuff Mark At 'Rocknest'

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rai mei
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5 months ago

i thought at first it was an astronaut's footprint

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#18

Focusing The 100-Millimeter Mastcam

Focusing The 100-Millimeter Mastcam

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M O'Connell
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5 months ago

@Chrsty, Why must everything be "useful" to humanity, and all things which are not "useful" be ignored and declared useless? Stop asking "What can this do for me?" and start asking "What can I learn from this?"

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#19

Curiosity Arrived At This Active Sand Dune Named "Gobabeb", Which Is Part Of A Larger Dune Field Known As "Bagnold"

Curiosity Arrived At This Active Sand Dune Named "Gobabeb", Which Is Part Of A Larger Dune Field Known As "Bagnold"

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ju Hel
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5 months ago

I'm curious how they come up with the names

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#20

View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At 'Shaler'

View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover At 'Shaler'

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Rae
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5 months ago (edited)

Aww you can see its little footprints

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#21

Mars Rover Curiosity In 'Buckskin' Selfie

Mars Rover Curiosity In 'Buckskin' Selfie

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L McN
Community Member
5 months ago

SO CLOSE...you can ALMOST see the entire arm for the camera that takes it's self portraits. I don't know about you, but I would love to see a few stills without them editing anything, leave the arm in place.

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#22

Layers At The Base Of Mount Sharp

Layers At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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Vicki Wizard
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4 months ago

ok - I'm officially besotted by Mars. What a glorious planet!

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#23

Getting To Know Mount Sharp

Getting To Know Mount Sharp

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Karen Lund
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5 months ago

Rust and indigo.

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#24

Curiosity Tracks In 'Hidden Valley' On Mars

Curiosity Tracks In 'Hidden Valley' On Mars

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Andrei Luiz Marques
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5 months ago

Very very fantastic!

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#25

Curiosity Rover's View Of Alluring Martian Geology

Curiosity Rover's View Of Alluring Martian Geology

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Nea
Community Member
5 months ago

These pictures suddenly make me feel Mars is not that far or different.

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#26

Curiosity Self-Portrait At 'Windjana' Drilling Site

Curiosity Self-Portrait At 'Windjana' Drilling Site

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Roland Sturbelle
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5 months ago

how is this picture taken ?

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#27

A Mudstone Rock Outcrop At The Base Of Mount Sharp

A Mudstone Rock Outcrop At The Base Of Mount Sharp

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Jim Hi
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5 months ago

pay no attention to the ufo ... look at the rocks...smdh

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#28

Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

Bone Up On Mars Rock Shapes

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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5 months ago

Bone?

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#29

Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

Strata At Base Of Mount Sharp

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Jim Eberle
Community Member
5 months ago

Absolutely huge amount of sedimentary rocks on Mars. Such abundance could only form if there had been a vast amount of water on the surface. Differential erosion suggests that sedimentation was episodic. Studying similar photos in the past, I have proposed that Mars experiences "atmosphere ages", not unlike Earth's "ice ages", whereby the orbit of Mars moves into a sustained pattern permitting huge quantities of CO2 ice to sublimate into the atmosphere, raising the atmospheric pressure above the triple point for water to exist in liquid form. The subsequent greenhouse effect then begins melting subsurface water ice, filling the basins, and beginning anew another episode of erosion and sedimentation.

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Resistant Features In 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop

Resistant Features In 'Pahrump Hills' Outcrop

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Gabi
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5 months ago

Resistant Features... sounds like a trash metal band.

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