If you think living a life on planet Earth can make you grow old. Think again because living a life on the red planet is brutal, harsh, and desolate that it actually transformed the Mars Curiosity Rover just in 7 years. The rover has been roaming Mars for just a little bit over 7 years and all of its hard working producing surface map has taken heavy toll on its once shiny and metallic body.
Mars Curiosity Rover was captured taking a selfie shot during its break time from exploring the red planet. Below is a side-by-side comparsion of the images that was captured when it land and several years later that reveals an impressive transformation.
Images were posted on the world-largest image sharing website Imgur this Sunday before it made the way to a space community board on Reddit.
Curiosity Rover first launched into space in November 2011 and landed on Mars on August 5th, 2012. Soon thereafter, the rover was joined by fellow robots: Sojourner, Opportunity, and Spirit. The new Mars Rover 2020 will become its fifth companion and is scheduled to join the expedition in July.
This advanced robot initially was scheduled to perform a two-years mission to investigate and find whether Mars have the right environment conditions to support life. However, it is still roaming Mars, looking for evidences and clues to determine whether the planet is capable of supporting life during its early history.
In the latest selfie snapshot, the Curiosity Rover capture a picture of itself roaming on the very surface of Mars. This happened on October 11, 2019 and is done through robot holding a camera placed on the end of its arms which is called the Mars Hands Lens Imager. It automatically stitches the images into a panorama photo.
Although, as adorable as it is for a small robot like Curiosity Rover to take selfie shot. This robot clearly has shown it is truly capable of enduring the brute force of Martian weather and arid surface. Curiosity Rover had to navigate around the rocky area which featured dried up lake beds, craters and volcanoes.
In addition to that, Mars is engulfed in red dust which is commonly blown by winds that whips up into tornado-like storms. These are called the “Red Devils” and sometimes they are so large that can be easily seen from Earth, according to NASA.
It wasn’t easy for Mars Curiosity Rover to perform past its intended mission timeline. Recently, it suffered from a minor malfunction which caused it to become unaware of its exact location on Mars. In fact, it was carrying out commands received by NASA headquarters on Earth when the data didn’t match its memory. Which temporally left the robot frozen in its place until it recovered.
Even though so, this little robot shouldn’t be discouraged by its rust appearance or fading memory power. In just 7 years, Curiosity Rover survived and accomplished so many things that is considered a feat. Since it land on Mars, this robot scouted the surface and found a lake which is believed to have water billions of years ago which most likely supported microbial life.
The new Mars Rover 2020 soon will join Curiosity Rover. A veteran rover will be teaching the rookie rover the rope to survive and handle life on Mars as they continue to explore for life and pave the way for colonizing the red planet within the next few decades.
Share with us what you think about the side-by-side comparsion of Mars Curiosity Rover, are you surprised to see what the impact of living 7 years life on Mars can do to this robot? Let us know by commenting below in the comments section.