According to foreign media reports, it is incredible that it has been eight years since NASA's curiosity probe landed on Mars. For this reason,NASA magazine celebrates this moment and looks forward to its bright future. The probe landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, and has been working hard there ever since.
It is understood that curiosity's landing area is a huge impact site, known as the gale crater, which is a very interesting research site. It's not only thought to have been rich in water, but it also has a huge mountain in its center. Among many discoveries, there is evidence that life might have existed on Mars long ago.
In this article, NASA briefly introduces the work of curiosity since its landing eight years ago
"Since landing, Mars rovers have traveled more than 14 miles (23 kilometers) and drilled 26 rock samples and six soil samples along the way, indicating that ancient Mars was indeed suitable for life. Studying the structure and composition of ancient rock formations will help scientists understand how Mars's climate changed over time and how it lost lakes and streams until it became today's cold desert
It may not be a great achievement for many people to drive 14 miles in eight years, but it must be clear here that curiosity receives commands from earth, and the process takes more than 20 minutes.
In addition, the detector operator must be very careful with the robot, because any serious damage or accident to this expensive machine may lead to long downtime or even the end of the entire mission. So curiosity has to be very slow.
In addition, when a rover reaches one of its several destinations, it requires scientific experiments and observations, which can take a long time to complete. Tasks such as drilling and rock sample analysis have to be carried out with great care.
But this is not the end of curiosity's expedition. In fact, in some ways, it is just beginning. It is reported that the rover has a nuclear power source and should be able to provide power for at least 14 years.