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FILE - This image provided by NASA shows a color self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity. The rover used the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to capture dozens of high-resolution images to be combined into self-portrait images of the rover. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, File)
Photos: Curiosity rover’s first year on Mars
First Published Aug 06 2013 12:56 pm • Last Updated Aug 06 2013 12:59 pm

Los Angeles » A year ago, NASA’s Curiosity rover survived "seven minutes of terror" and landed safely in an ancient Martian crater.

Like a tourist in a new land, the mobile science laboratory spent its first year sightseeing and exploring its surroundings. It zapped its laser at boulders, drilled into rocks, measured radiation and tracked the weather.

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It achieved one of the mission’s main goals by finding evidence that Gale Crater once had an environment suitable to support simple life.

The six-wheel, nuclear-powered rover is now headed for a mountain — a drive that will take many months.

Here’s a gallery of images from Curiosity’s landing and past year on Mars.




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