Crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) land near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on March 2, 2016. U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth on after spending almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.
Every week in the year has good history in it somewhere, if you go back far enough. The week of July 12-18 has seen many significant moments in history, including Billy the Kid, The Rolling Stones, Disneyland and more.
After news earlier this week of the Curiosity rover petting and naming its new pet rock, Jake Matijevic, NASA released images today indicating that long ago, water probably flowed on the Martian surface.
Other notable images recently sent back from Mars include one from Curiosity’s older, but smaller rover sibling, Opportunity, that photographed small spherical objects, nicknamed “blueberries,” with it’s Microscopic Imager providing important evidence about long-ago wet environmental conditions.
Since NASA’s Curiosity landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, public excitement and speculation about what the rover will encounter continues to mount. To feed the appetite of the masses, we’ll continue to update our Curiosity gallery with NASA’s latest photos of the red planet, including panorama, composite and computer-generated images.
The next phase of the $2.5 billion mission, and by far the most daunting for Curiosity, will be reaching Mount Sharp. At a height of 3.4 miles, the highest peak of Mount Sharp is taller than Mt. Whitney in California. On its way, the rover will encounter dark dunes, degraded impact craters and other geologic features on the Martian surface of the planet. For updates follow @MarsCuriosity on Twitter.
August 6 Photo Brief: Hiroshima marks 67th anniversary of atomic bomb, Curiosity on Mars, Olympics Day 10 and an underwater wedding
Hiroshima marks 67th anniversary of atomic bomb, NASA lands Curiosity on Mars, Day 10 at the Olympics, and more in today’s daily brief.