NASA curiosity rover marks 8 years on Mars with ‘spaghetti western’ view


This Curiosity rover’s epic “Spaghetti Western” is just part of the Mars landscape scene from late 2019.

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Cue an Ennio Morricone sound track. NASA released a new view of Mars, and it looks like Clint Eastwood is taking a walk around the scene.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover arrived on the red planet on August 5, 2012 (or August 6 depending on your location). To celebrate, the space agency this week released eight eye-catching images of Mars that relate to the rover’s past and present experiences on the planet.

One of the newly released looks shows what NASA describes as a “spaghetti western landscape”. Curiosity broke down 130 images used for the panorama in December 2019. It refers to a place called Western Batte in the foreground.

You can examine the full, large-scale panorama at NASA’s Mars Exploration Program site.

Another newly released image depicts a striking portrait of Mount Sharp, a massive central mountain inside the Gayle Crater in October 2019.

Curiosity captured the images used in this Mount Sharp panorama in late 2019.

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NASA shared eight Martian “postcards” for Curiosity each year. An image dates back to 2014 and even a distant view of the rover’s current location appears.

From 2014 this view of Curiosity was fortunately seen several miles from the current location of the rover. In August 2020 Curiosity where showing arrows and circles.

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Curiosity deputy project scientist Abigail Freeman said, “Until we thought about the distance we had in our understanding of Mars’ habitable past, when we took this picture.”

This is an eight-year epic for Rover. Curiosity has traveled more than 14 miles (23 kilometers) over rough and rocky terrain. It made its 27th hole on the red planet.

The rover may be leaving some physical marks on Mars, but it is also building its impressive science legacy. The vehicle is healthy and looks forward to its relentless mission to deliver to Mars’ past, looking for evidence that it must have been once habitable for life.

Curiosity will soon welcome a friend to Mars. NASA Perseverance Rover Coming in February 2021 after a successful July launch. China is also sending a rover with its Tianwen-1 mission.

The rovers will all search for different regions of Mars, so there will not be any firsthand halos exchanged. When it comes to Mars, more is merged.