View of Curiosity’s travels during its first year on Mars made August 2012 through July 2013. Credit: NASA
Next week on August 6 NASA’s Curiosity Rover will mark its first full year on the surface of Mars after one of the most dramatic touchdowns in the history of planetary exploration. In advance of the anniversary, NASA has released a movie made with the rover’s front hazard avoidance camera compressing 12 months of travels, scooping and drilling into 2 minutes.
In case you’re wondering, there are 548 images in all and they were made with a fisheye camera lens. I particularly enjoy watching the shadows shift around the rover as the sun travels across the sky. We’ll take a closer look Curiosity’s finds during it first year on Mars early next week.