The following is an excerpt from Amanda Barnett | January 25, 2018 | CNN.com |
(CNN) NASA's popular Mars Curiosity Rover has sent back a new selfie from the red planet. The image shows the rover's "head" peaking above the dusty martian surface.
"I'm back! Did you miss me?" the rover (well, actually its social media team) tweeted.
Curiosity landed on Mars on August 6, 2012 at Gale Crater after surviving the much-publicized "seven minutes of terror" descent to the surface. (We could try to describe it, but you really should just watch the video.)
The rover was sent to Mars on a 23-month mission to hunt evidence that Mars could have supported microbial life in the distant past. But NASA said the spacecraft knocked that job out in 8 months -- collecting a rock sample that showed ancient Mars could have supported microbes.
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