NASA’s Curiosity Rover Marks One Martian Year

Keeps on Tickin Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Keeps on Tickin
Image Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s Curiosity Rover marked one year on the Red Planet today, one Martian year that is, or 687 Earth days. It of course warranted a youtube update which provides a bit of insight into the wheel damage issue which has slowed the rover’s course of progress and challenged the JPL team to develop new driving techniques.

NASA’s full news story is here. One item it does not mention is the early confirmation that the surface radiation environment, while still a challenge to be reckoned with, is roughly on par with that encountered in LEO at the International Space Station, and thus manageable.

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